"Let books be your dining table, / And you shall be full of delights. / Let them be your
And you shall sleep restful nights" (St. Ephraim the Syrian).

Friday, July 25, 2014

Apokatastasis Again

If you remember the Rob Bell controversy from a few years ago, you will realize that some ideas never die, but get recycled in various forms down through the ages. Some debates are never concluded because their subject matter would seem to foreclose such tidy conclusion. And some names, it seems, are forever going to be associated with the adjective "controversial" or, worse, "heretical." The debate over the universal nature of salvation is one such debate, and Origen is one such name. A recent hefty tome looks afresh at the whole issue of what it means to hope that all things might be restored in Christ: Ilaria L. E. Ramelli, The Christian Doctrine of  Apokatastasis : A Critical Assessment from the New Testament to Eriugena (Brill, 2013), 912pp.

About this book we are told:

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