Tuesday, April 21, 2015
First Post on the Last Judgment
Is Hell the Primary Motive for Christian Mission?
How the World Views Jesus
Comparing the Three Views: The Hell Triangle
The Basics of Traditionalism
The Torment of Hell in the Presence of God
The Catholic View of Hell
The Presence of God is the Orthodox's Hell
Keller on Hell
The Basics of Conditionalism
Conditionalism in the Early Christian Tradition
The Basics of Universalism
Universalism in Church History
A Modern Day Universalist: Thomas Talbott
The Myth of Erasing Hell
Gates of Hinnom: Welcome to Hell
Did Jesus Descend into Hell?
Did Jesus Descend into Hades?
Whose Gates (in Mt. 16:18)? Hell's or Hades'?
No One Goes Immediately to Hell When they Die
Help Jason get to a conference where he will present on this topic
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Here atheism demonstrates itself to be the brother of theism. It too makes a logical inference. It too sees the world as the mirror of another, higher being. With just as much justification as that with which theism speaks of God, the highest, best, righteous being, it speaks of the nothingness which manifests itself in all the annihilating experiences of suffering and evil....
A radical theology of the cross cannot give any theistic answer to the question of the dying Christ. Were it to do so it would evacuate the cross. Nor can it give an atheistic answer. Were it to do so it would no longer be taking Jesus' dying cry to God seriously. The God of theism cannot have abandoned him, and in his forsakenness he cannot have cried out to a non-existent God....
But did Christ really solve the "problems"?... That was not Camus' view.... He saw God vanish on the cross, but he did not see Christ's death on the cross taken up into God. Yet only this change of perspective indicates why the night of Golgotha gained so much significance for mankind. Crude atheism for which this world is everything is as superficial as the theism which claims to prove the existence of God from the reality of this world....
[A] trinitarian theology of the cross no longer interprets the event of the cross in the framework or in the name of a metaphysical or moral concept of God which has already been presupposed ... but develops from this history [of Jesus Christ] what is to be understood by "God".'
- Jürgen Moltmann, The Crucified God, 221, 225-6, 247