That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation (Paperback)

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A stunning reexamination of one of the essential tenets of Christian belief from one of the most provocative and admired writers on religion today
 
“A scathing, vigorous, eloquent attack on those who hold that that there is such a thing as eternal damnation.”—Karen Kilby, Commonweal
 
“[A] provocative, informative treatise. . . . [Hart’s] resounding challenge to orthodox Christian views on hell and his defense of God’s ultimate goodness will prove convincing and inspiring to the open-minded.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
The great fourth-century church father Basil of Caesarea once observed that, in his time, most Christians believed that hell was not everlasting, and that all would eventually attain salvation. But today, this view is no longer prevalent within Christian communities.
 
In this momentous book, David Bentley Hart makes the case that nearly two millennia of dogmatic tradition have misled readers on the crucial matter of universal salvation. On the basis of the earliest Christian writings, theological tradition, scripture, and logic, Hart argues that if God is the good creator of all, he is the savior of all, without fail. And if he is not the savior of all, the Kingdom is only a dream, and creation something considerably worse than a nightmare. But it is not so. There is no such thing as eternal damnation; all will be saved. With great rhetorical power, wit, and emotional range, Hart offers a new perspective on one of Christianity’s most important themes.

About the Author


David Bentley Hart is an Eastern Orthodox scholar of religion, and a philosopher, writer, and cultural commentator. His books include The Experience of God and The New Testament: A Translation.

Praise For…


“Hart…has an octopus-like grip on contemporary culture, history and theology, as well as a vibrant, vocabulary-rich style.”—Nick Mattiske, Insights

“Professes a definitive form of universalism, not just a hopeful one”—Ilaria L.E. Ramelli, Eirene, Studia Graeca et Latina

“[A] provocative, informative treatise. . . . [Hart’s] resounding challenge to orthodox Christian views on hell and his defense of God’s ultimate goodness will prove convincing and inspiring to the open-minded.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An important book . . . a timely, and at times quite personal, reflection on a critical topic, replete with incisive theological and metaphysical insights and astringent polemic . . . Hart is a formida­ble thinker.”—Fr Aidan (Alvin) Kimel, Eclectic Orthodoxy

“Simultaneously wide-sweeping and combative . . . Hart’s argument is forceful, analytically clear, and compelling . . . Hart has written another provocative work which should rightly be taken up, read, debated, and prayed through.”—Myles Werntz, In All Things

“A wonderful gift . . . Hart challenges Christians to consider the ways we've yielded to self-absorption or failed to display empathy when conceptualizing eternity. In exploring these questions, we have an opportunity to become a little more like Christ.”—Jon Carlson, Evangelicals for Social Action

“[Hart] has established himself as one of the best theologians writing in English today and as hands down the best writer among contemporary Anglophone theologians.”—Nicholas Frankovich, National Review

“Extraordinary and important”—Bill Tammeus, Faith Matters blog

“[A] stunningly strong attack on the idea of eternal torment . . . Bracing in the extreme—a sturdy assault on an unappealing doctrine using vivid language and wide learning.”—Dwight A. Moody, The Meetinghouse

“Worth reading . . . [Hart’s] argument deserves serious consideration.”—Thomas P. Rausch, America 

“The work of a stirred and unyielding conscience . . . As much as the prophets, Hart thunders against the corrosive effects of Christianities rendered cruel through their incoherence . . . His is an argument that, frankly, I find irrefutable.”—Jason Micheli, Christian Century

“Hart masterfully articulates his case . . . Definitive and intellectually satisfying.”—Tyler Curtis, Arc Digital

“What That All Shall Be Saved demands of us is that we take Christianity at its radical word.”—Ed Simon, Los Angeles Review of Books

“A scathing, vigorous, eloquent attack on those who hold that that there is such a thing as eternal damnation . . . a forceful intervention that may usefully rebalance the debate.”—Karen Kilby, Commonweal

“Hart [is] essential reading for anyone, of any faith or none, who laments the rightward drift of American Christianity . . . Hart’s profound immersion in the Greek of the New Testament has convinced him that its message is one of social as well as spiritual emancipation.”—Michael Robbins, Bookforum

“[A] brilliant and impassioned argument for universal salvation . . . beautiful and thrilling.”—Joshua Leach, Reading Religion

“Hart successfully identifies the crucial questions which the doctrine of hell raises. His theological arguments are clear, thought-provoking, and more than worthy of a response from infernalists.”—Daniel Waldow, Journal of Moral Theology

"Hart’s arguments . . . are exceedingly clever."—R. Trent Pomplun, Modern Theology

“David Bentley Hart never disappoints. Three years ago he published a translation of the New Testament; now comes a “companion” to take up a question that vexes many Christians. Does the New Testament teach that hell is everlasting? Hart is convinced, having wrestled with the language of the New Testament and plumbed early Christian thought, that it does not. In this original and lively book, Hart shows, why most Christian thinking about eternal damnation is unbiblical.”—Robert Louis Wilken, author of Liberty in the Things of God

“Hart shows with great clarity why the idea that our ultimate freedom lies in accepting or rejecting God as one option amongst others is profoundly mistaken. This is some of the most exacting, perspicuous and powerful theological writing I have read in recent years.”—Simon Oliver, Durham University

“If everything and everyone are not finally restored, then God is not God. This is the simple core of Hart’s unanswerable argument, masterfully developed. He calls us back to real orthodoxy, perhaps just in time.”—John Milbank, University of Nottingham

"At last! A brilliant treatment—exegetically, theologically, and philosophically— of the promise that, in the end, all will indeed be saved, and exposing the inadequacy—above all moral—of claims to the contrary.”—John Behr, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary

“David Bentley Hart, the most eminent living anglophone theologian, asks the fundamental question: Is it possible that anyone is damned? Hart’s answer is no, and that negative is gorgeously elaborated in this book, with unmatched force and brio.”—Paul Griffiths, author of Christian Flesh

Product Details
ISBN: 9780300258486
ISBN-10: 0300258488
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: September 7th, 2021
Pages: 248
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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