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Robin Parry is the husband of but one wife (Carol) and the father of the two most beautiful girls in the universe (Hannah and Jessica). He also has a lovely cat called Monty (who has only three legs). Living in the city of Worcester, UK, he works as an Editor for Wipf and Stock — a US-based theological publisher. Robin was a Sixth Form College teacher for 11 years and has worked in publishing since 2001 (2001–2010 for Paternoster and 2010– for W&S).

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

"All Shall Be Well" edited by Gregory MacDonald

For those of you interested in historical theology or universalism there is a forthcoming book that may appeal to you.

Gregory MacDonald (ed.), "All Shall Be Well": Explorations in Universalism and Christian Theology, from Origen to Moltmann. Eugene: Cascade Books, 2010.

Here is the contents page

1. Introduction: Between Heresy and Dogma—Gregory MacDonald

I. Third to Fifteenth Centuries
2. Apokatastasis: Particularist Universalism in Origen (c.185–c.254)—Tom Greggs
3. The Subjection of All Things in Christ: The Christocentric Universalism in Gregory of Nyssa (331/340–c.395)—Steve Harmon
4. Sin has its Place, But All Shall Be Well: The Universalism of Hope in Julian of Norwich (c.1342–c.1416)—Robert Sweetman

II. Seventeenth to Nineteenth Centuries
5. Love is all and God is Love: Universalism in Peter Sterry (1613–1672) and Jeremiah White (1630–1707)—Louise Hickman
6. Union with Christ: The Calvinist Universalism of James Relly (1722–1778)—Wayne K. Clymer
7. Between Calvinism and Arminianism: The Evangelical Universalism of Elhanan Winchester (1751–1797)—Robin Parry
8. Salvation-in-Community: The Tentative Universalism of Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768–1834)—Murray Rae
9. Postmortem Education: Universal Salvation in Thomas Erskine (1788–1870)—Don Horrocks
10. The Just Mercy of God: Universal Salvation in George MacDonald (1824–1905)—Thomas Talbott

III. Twentieth Century
11. The Final Sanity is Complete Sanctity: Universal Holiness in the Soteriology of P. T. Forsyth (1848–1921)—Jason Goroncy
12. The Judgment of Love: The Ontological Universalism of Sergius Bulgakov (1871–1944)—Paul Gavrilyuk
13. I do teach it, but I also do not teach it: The Universalism of Karl Barth (1886–1968)—Oliver Crisp
14. The Totality of Condemnation Fell on Christ: Universal Salvation in Jaques Ellul (1912–1994)—Andrew Goddard
15. In the End, God . . . :The Christian Universalism of J. A. T. Robinson (1919–1983)—Trevor Hart
16. Christ’s Descent into Hell: The Hopeful Universalism of Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905–1988)—Edward T. Oakes, SJ
17. Hell and the God of Love: Universalism in the Philosophy of John Hick (1922–)—Lindsay Hall
18. The Annihilation of Hell and the Perfection of Freedom: Universal Salvation in the Theology of J├╝rgen Moltmann (1926–)—Nik Ansell

I am hopeful that the book will be out in November. All that I can say is that it realy is an excellent book! (Shameless plug!)

21 comments:

byron smith said...

Excellent - looking forward to it.

David W. Congdon said...

This looks fantastic. I really look forward to it.

David W. Congdon said...

And if W&S feels like sending a review copy, I'll be sure to write about it on my blog. (wink wink) :)

Jason Goroncy said...

Robin, a typo: 'Schleiermacher'.

Robin Parry said...

Jason

ooops! Corrected.

Robin

Anonymous said...

GR8!
This fills a real gap in the market, or should I say,
on the library shelf,
or better still,
in the readers' hands (Boom-Boom)!!

James Goetz said...

When will the Microsoft standard spell checker know how to correct the spelling of "Schleiermacher"? I'm disappointed with Bill Gates that it hasn't yet happened.:)

David W. Congdon said...

Robin,

I do have one question: why did you keep the pseudonym? You've published under both names (real and fake), so it's not like you need the pseudonym for name recognition. What's the reason, then, now that the "cat's out of the bag," so to speak?

Robin Parry said...

David

the pseudonym is not intended to conceal my identity. The back cover will say that GM is a pseudonym for me. And one of the chapters is, as you see, by me.

It is simply that GM is known for writing on that subject so I am using his name to make the most of the associations (it will also link the books in libraries as I get the same library of congress code for the author/editor of the two books)

Anonymous said...

Just a word of praise for the title "All Shall Be Well":

I remember reading in English Grammar that the normal is:

I shall, we shall, but you, he ,she, it, they will.

BUT for special emphasis it is reversed:

I will, we will, but you, he, she, it, they shall!

ALL (they things) SHALL BE WELL!

Alex Smith said...

I'm really looking forward to reading your new book.

I've been trying to defend universalism on a friend's blog, and Universalist Church History is an area that has been hard, particularly when looking for good sources to reference (so far mainly resorted to documents off tentmaker.org, which seems to vary in it's credibility).

Talbott's book covers some of it briefly which helped but now my friend has begun reading that and criticizing it's accuracy :(

I assume you are very busy at the moment finalizing your book, but do you have any suggestions on how I'd answer his point about Calvin & the Donatists/Servetus?
http://post-apocalyptictheology.blogspot.com/2010/09/inescapable-love-of-god.html

Alex Smith said...

One thing that I'm really puzzled about in regards to the recent history of universalism, is that it seemed to be gaining momentum in the US about 100 years ago but then it merged with Unitarianism and seemed to virtually completely collapse.

Do you have any insights into that or does your new book cover it?

Robin Parry said...

Alex

the book does not deal with denominational universalism but with individual thinkers (only one of whom was related to [the embryonic] denominational universalism).

I don't know lots about denominational universalism. I have only read a few bits and pieces about it.

But I do know that it was unitarian in its theology almost from the start. It did include some trinitarians but once the movement became formally constituted it was unitarian.

The later merge with denominational Unitarians to form unitarian-universalists was, I think, more to do with viability than with making Unitarians into universalists or Universalists into unitarians.

But it is not my area. I would be interested to learn more but I am more interested in universalism as found within the bounds of Christian orthodoxy.

Alex Smith said...

I totally agree with trying to stay within Christian orthodoxy (I'm technically an Evangelical Presbyterian). My concern was that it might be a slippery slope from universalism to unitarian. I feel somewhat better now that you've explained that it was there from the start, in that particular movement.

By the way, don't worry about answering my other comment as Talbott himself helped me out! :)

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