Barth, Origen, and Universal Salvation: Restoring Particularity

Hardcover | June 15, 2009

byTom Greggs

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Barth, Origen, and Universal Salvation offers a bold new presentation of universal salvation. Building constructively from the third- century theologian, Origen, and the twentieth-century Swiss theologian, Karl Barth, Tom Greggs offers a defence of universalism as rooted in Christiantheology, showing this belief does not have to be at the expense of human particularity, freedom, and Christian faith. Examining Barth's doctrine of election and Origen's understanding of apokatastasis, Greggs proposes that a proper understanding of the eternal salvific plan of God in the person of Jesus Christ points towards universal salvation. The relationship between the work of the Spirit and the Son insalvation is central to this understanding. Universal salvation is grounded in the person of Christ as himself historic and particular, and the Spirit makes the reality of that universal work of Christ present to individuals and communities in the present. The discussion includes creativesuggestions for the political and ecclesial implications of such a presentation of salvation.

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Barth, Origen, and Universal Salvation offers a bold new presentation of universal salvation. Building constructively from the third- century theologian, Origen, and the twentieth-century Swiss theologian, Karl Barth, Tom Greggs offers a defence of universalism as rooted in Christiantheology, showing this belief does not have to be at...

Dr. Tom Greggs is lecturer in Christian Theology at the University of Chester. He studied theology at Christ Church, Oxford University, and Jesus College, Cambridge University, where he also tutored papers in doctrine. He is a Methodist Local Preacher in Liverpool and project manager for Scriptural Reasoning in the University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:June 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. IntroductionPart I: Universalism in the Son2. The Eternal Election of Humanity in Jesus Christ (Barth)3. Pre-existence and Restoration: Logos and Logika (Origen)4. Dialogue: The Restoration of Humanity in ChristPart II: Particularity through the Holy Spirit5. The Present Work of God: Subjectivity and the Spirit (Barth)6. Spiritual Growth: The Work of the Spirit in the Saints of God (Origen)7. Dialogue: Restoring Particularity through the Holy Spirit8. Conclusion