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The Inescapable Love of God Paperback – October 1, 1999
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From the Preface: "This set of reflections is neither a textbook nor a piece of scholarly research. It neither summarizes a specific field of study for students nor advances scholarship in some area of research. It is instead (what I would call) a real book, by which I mean that in it I have tried to reach the most demanding audience of all: that of educated non-specialists. The book is in part an intellectual autobiography, in part the elaboration of an argument, and in part an attempt at persuasive writing. In these pages, I have sought to share with others, particularly those who call themselves "Christians," some of my own deepest convictions about the nature of God and the world. I have sought to work out, with some degree of consistency, the idea that the universe really is an expression of love, as some of the mystics from many traditions have always insisted."
Part I chronicles some of Talbott's early theological struggles and how he came to embrace a doctrine of universal reconciliation: the wondrous idea that God's love will inevitably triumph in the end and finally transform every created person. Part II sets forth the positive case for his contention that universalism is a plain and obvious teaching of the New Testament. And finally, Part III explores some of the logical inconsistencies in competing theological systems.
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This book also is affecting my attitude toward other people, in general, in a very positive way. I am now coming to regard everyone with a new perspective; one in which I regard every person I meet or read about as a one who will at some point in time come to know and love God just as I do - in essence, a brother in Christ. Sounds like the true gospel is being preached and furthered by this book - what more could one ask for!
Update 19 July 2014 - Don't panic if this book isn't currently available, as when I talked with Tom a few months ago he was feverishly working on an update to this book, was hoping to meet a deadline by end of June 2014. But apparently he didn't meet it. I'm expecting to see this book available in an updated version soon.
Update 25 Aug 2014 - Per a phone conversation with Tom today, he now projects his updated, longer and improved edition will be completed in a few more months, hopefully no later than by the end of the year.
My only significant reservation is that, like many academics, Talbott seems to downplay the role of the Spirit, and elevates our ability to reason a little too much at times. That may not be completely fair to him, as there are points at which he clearly attributes the reception of truth to God's light increasing within, but the Spirit still seemed to be a little too noticeable through absence for my liking here and there. That all being said, this book is undoubtedly a five star masterpiece, that should give any "Berean" heart plenty of food for thought.
Ultimately, the deception of eternal torment, and the Molech-type false image of God as Endless Tyrant, were built upon the sandy foundation of the newly Latinized, compromised church, and it is to be hoped that the years to come will see the light of the true nature of God break through the gloom of deception like the Sun of Righteousness that He is. Talbott does his part to point to the early dawn here, and may he be duly commended for it!