Swinburne's Hell and Hick's Universalism: Are We Free to Reject God?

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Ashgate, 2003 - Religion - 244 pages
This book seeks to establish whether a Christian position must entail a belief in hell or whether Christians can hold a coherent theory of universal salvation. Richard Swinburne's defence of hell¬ depends on the argument that hell is necessary if humans are to be genuinely free.¬ It becomes clear that the contemporary discussion of hell and universalism¬ cannot be separated from the¬ issues of human freedom and God's knowledge, ¬ and so Hall¬ centres the discussion round the¬ question 'Are we Free to Reject God?' John Hick argues that although we are free to reject God¬ there will¬ eventually be an¬ universalist outcome. Having examined the contrasting arguments of Hick and Swinburne, Hall builds on Hick's position to¬ develop an argument for Christian universal salvation which holds in balance our freedom in relation to God and the assurance that all will finally be saved.

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