Thank you for your generosity! Click here for more information on donating to CWR. Click here to sign up for our newsletter. A corollary to universalism is to not accept fear of God as the beginning of wisdom or even one of the gifts of the Holy spirit. We have to ask, awesome for who?
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Not a single correct description of what universalism means in the book. Just a lot of doctrinaire blather. The instinct of self-preservation S-P is the strongest by far in humans and animals, way more than even sex. In humans it can be switched off by ignorance, sheer stupidity, and perverted imaginations and manipulated images based on emotional, sentimentalist lies. Abandoning our S-P instinct, especially in spiritual matters, gives us the delusion of all delusions, that we are gods so everything HAS to be O.
No other drug gives a higher high than this, risking mortal danger here and now in time and for all eternity. I respond to you as a revert, starting as Catholic long ago, turning then into New Age, Eastern Religions, Universalism, etc. At that time, trying to bring my new awareness to them was a total miserable waste of time. Let Jesus switch your S-P back on, that you may not be, in this life and the next, just another self-deluded, totally unnecessary victim of a totally avoidable disaster, the absolute worst of them all.
I was thinking the same thing. I am pretty skeptical of the universalist ideas, but this was a very poor review, and to be honest, led me to buy the book that it was railing against. So I guess we must be blessed. I can count on my thumbs the number of times in the past 40 years I have heard a homily that expressed a heartfelt belief in the danger of spending eternity in misery. At my EF mass it is not at all unusual to hear of the danger of possibly spending eternity separated from God.
No fluff, no jokes, just bedrock soul-saving doctrine. God bless our respective priests!
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I used to respect Hart and some of his previous books are worth reading still , but find it increasingly hard to do so any longer, given the colossal arrogance and self-regard that has been on display recently, especially in response to critics of his new book. To claim that Universalism — a distinctly minority position in Christian history, and one that seem only to be the hobby-horse of a small group within present-day Orthodoxy — is logically and morally necessary, and that Christianity is morally incoherent without such belief, is just mind-boggling.
Well then, let us all bow down to our new Pope David Hart. The colossal arrogance on display in his response to critics, and utter lack of good faith in answering them, is just staggering as well In any case, he basically accuses them all of simply lacking the intelligence to understand his argument, so they are not really worth responding to.
If he comes across as so distasteful and arrogant a person on the page, I can only imagine what it must be like to actually spend time with him in reality. Recently I heard a radio discussion on forgiving those who have injured or abused you. The radio guest insisted that we must forgive unconditionally for our own healing, but we must realize that forgiving is not the same as reconciling. We must forgive, but we may not be able to reconcile, and, in that case, the relationship will remain severed. Going to Heaven requires our reconciliation to God.
It is not simply a matter of his forgiving us. We will be drawn into the fellowship of the Holy Trinity. That takes more than one sided forgiveness. Hey, all you faithless cynics, the only way to solve whether or not salvation is universal is to put it to a vote. Case closed! Oh, wait, what? Against this wave of overflowing salvation optimism, however, comes a book with a healthy dose of Christian realism. But what they fail to address is this: If all will eventually be saved, what is the purpose of life on earth?
Does God just enjoy watching us suffer? Sounds like a masochist to me. BTW, I am not a universalist. I believe there is an eternally relevant purpose to life. Can somebody help me to understand it. Thanks in advance.
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Note the Sign of the Cross at about 3 min. The controls are above the video window. The re-run of this show was on the Smithsonian Channel last night. I tell people insisting on SU to read that book, come up with a reasoned refutation and then come see me. All comments posted at Catholic World Report are moderated. While vigorous debate is welcome and encouraged, please note that in the interest of maintaining a civilized and helpful level of discussion, comments containing obscene language or personal attacks—or those that are deemed by the editors to be needlessly combative or inflammatory—will not be published.
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Proud be thy crown!
Ruthless, like none, save the Sea, alone! And pray that a wreath like a rainbow May slip from the beautiful past, And Crown me again with the sweet, strong love And keep me, and hold me fast. The light came through the window, Straight from the sun above, And so inside my little room There plunged the rays of Love.
The daily actions of religious people have accomplished uncounted good deeds throughout history, alleviating suffering, feeding the hungry, caring for the sick. Religions have brought the comfort of belonging and companionship to many who would otherwise have passed through this life all alone, without glory or adventure. They have not just provided first aid, in effect, for people in difficulties; they have provided the means for changing the world in ways that remove those difficulties.
As Alan Wolfe says, "Religion can lead people out of cycles of poverty and dependency just as it led Moses out of Egypt". There is much for religion lovers to be proud of in their traditions, and much for all of us to be grateful for. The fact that so many people love their religions as much as, or more than, anything else in their lives is a weighty fact indeed. I am inclined to think that nothing could matter more than what people love. At any rate, I can think of no value that I would place higher.
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