Christian Universalist conference in Providence, RI (April 2018)








There will be a Christian universalist conferenceentitled "Door Standing Open" on 27–29 April in Providence, Rhode Island. More details can be found here.

There is a really good lineup of speakers, include Tom Talbott, Brad Jersak, George Sarris, Peter Hiett, David Constan, and Scott Axeford. 

It looks terrific.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Looks like a great conference Robin. Which I could go. Appreciate the Post as became aware of more resources on the subject from the speakers. Appreciate all you have written on Universalism. Your writings have given me great hope and encouragement.
Robin Parry said…
Thanks, Anonymous. Verv kind of you
Anonymous said…
Echoing the above comment! Your book had an enormous impact on my theological framework. So wish I could attend the conference but a bit far from Australia!
Anonymous said…
Do you know where we can find registration information? I didn’t see it at the link.
Robin Parry said…
I'll see what I can find out
Robin Parry said…
Anonymus,

living in Australia is a pretty good reason not to attend the conference. (I myself cannot attend, and I only live in England)
Robin Parry said…
UPDATE: re. booking details. George Sarris says. "I will be posting registration info on the website within a day or two."
Anonymous said…
Thanks, it looks like registration is up and running. There's an early bird special that saves you $15 if you register by the 3/31 so anyone interested should sign up by then!

-One of the Anons
Malcolm said…
Robin, do you have any thoughts on the compatibility of Roman Catholicism and Universalism?
Robin Parry said…
Malcolm

Well, hopeful universalism is embraced by various prominent Catholic clerics (inc. popes) and theologians.

However, more confident universalism seems not to be officially permitted, though I am unclear on the rationale for that. I have seen the theological arguments—which I do not find at all compelling—but I am unclear why it should be considered incompatible with Catholicism. Maybe there is some formal teaching about the eternality of hell which cannot be rescinded and which thus limits the options open. You'd need to ask a Catholic.

Robin
Anonymous said…
Dear Robin, Just to let you know that our College friend Stewart Finn passed away aged 48.
Andy
Malcolm, a few years ago I asked a Catholic theologian at a university near me whether the Catholic Church could believe in universal restoration. He did not think they could formally believe it because of a papal decree given in 1336 - Benedictus Deus - that he said stated that those who die in mortal sin will immediately go to hell, from which there is no chance of restoration. However, when I checked out that papal decree - http://www.papalencyclicals.net/ben12/b12bdeus.htm - it didn't seem to me that it would necessarily have to prevent belief in UR, since it doesn't specifically say that there is no chance of restoration. It says those who commit moral sin will immediately go to hell, but then all men will appear before the judgment seat of Christ on the day of judgment - which seems to occur sometime after they die and go to hell. But I'm not a Catholic theologian!

The relevant part says, "Moreover we define that according to the general disposition of God, the souls of those who die in actual mortal sin go down into hell immediately (mox) after death and there suffer the pain of hell. Nevertheless, on the day of judgment all men will appear with their bodies “before the judgment seat of Christ” to give an account of their personal deeds, “so that each one may receive good or evil, according to what he has done in the body” (2 Cor. 5.10)."
Malcolm said…
https://notesonthefoothills.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/a-meditation-on-apokatastasis/

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