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A larger hope? : universal salvation from from Christian beginnings to Julian of Norwich / by Ilaria L.E. Ramelli ; with a foreword by Richard Bauckham.

Author/Creator:
Ramelli, Ilaria, 1973- author.
Publication:
Eugene, Oregon : Cascade Books, [2019]
Format/Description:
Book
xxvii, 286 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Series:
Larger hope ; 1.
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Other Title:
Universal salvation from from Christian beginnings to Julian of Norwich
Subjects:
Universalism -- History of doctrines -- Early church, ca. 30-600.
Universalism -- History of doctrines -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
Restorationism -- History of doctrines -- Early church, ca. 30-600.
Restorationism -- History of doctrines -- Middle Ages, 600-1500.
Universalism -- Biblical teaching.
Summary:
"In the minds of some, universal salvation is a heretical idea that was imported into Christianity from pagan philosophies by Origen (c.185-253/4). Ilaria Ramelli argues that this picture is completely mistaken. She maintains that Christian theologians were the first people to proclaim that all will be saved and that their reasons for doing so were rooted in their faith in Christ. She demonstrates that, in fact, the idea of the final restoration of all creation (apokatastasis) was grounded upon the teachings of the Bible and the church's beliefs about Jesus' total triumph over sin, death, and evil through his incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension. Ramelli traces the Christian roots of Origen's teaching on apokatastasis. She argues that he was drawing on texts from Scripture and from various Christians who preceded him, theologians such as Bardaisan, Irenaeus, and Clement. She outlines Origen's often-misunderstood theology in some detail and then follows the legacy of his Christian universalism through the centuries that followed. We are treated to explorations of Origenian universal salvation in a host of Christian disciples, including Athanasius, Didymus the Blind, the Cappadocian fathers, Evagrius, Maximus the Confessor, John Scotus Eriugena, and Julian of Norwich." -- Provided by publisher, page 4 of cover.
Contents:
Some biblical roots of the hope for universal salvation? An Origenian reading of scripture
Universal restoration before Origen
Origen of Alexandria: Christian universalism as biblical and Orthodox
Universal salvation in Origen's first followers
Fourth-century Origenians I: Eusebius, Marcellus, Athanasius, and Didymus
Fourth-century Origenians II: the Cappadocians and Evagrius
Apokatastasis in Antioch
The Latin Origenians
The last exponents of patristic thought
The Middle Ages and the early Renaissance
Conclusion: a Christian hope over 2000 years, grounded in Christ and God as the absolute good and supported in defense of orthodoxy
Appendix I: The meaning of Aiò„nios
Appendix II: A reply to Michael McClymond's review of The Christian Doctrine of Apokatastasis
Appendix III. Is Apokatastasis "gnostic" rather than Christian? Review of McClymond, The Devil's Redemption.
Notes:
Companion volume to "A larger hope : universal salvation from the Reformation to the Nineteenth century." --Page xvii.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-286).
Contributor:
Bauckham, Richard, writer of foreword.
Parry, Robin A.
ISBN:
9781610978842
1498287980
9781498287982
1610978846
OCLC:
1011517393
Publisher Number:
99982009133