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Every Knee Should Bow: Biblical Rationales for Universal Salvation in Early Christian Thought Steven R. Harmon

Every Knee Should Bow: Biblical Rationales for Universal Salvation in Early Christian Thought

Steven R. Harmon

Published November 1st 2003
ISBN : 9780761827191
Paperback
180 pages
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In Every Knee Should Bow, Steven Harmon explores the manner in which Clement of Alexandria (ca. 160-215 C.E.), Origen (ca. 185-ca. 251 C.E.), and Gregory of Nyssa (331/340-ca. 395 C.E.) appealed to Scripture in developing rationales for theirMoreIn Every Knee Should Bow, Steven Harmon explores the manner in which Clement of Alexandria (ca. 160-215 C.E.), Origen (ca. 185-ca. 251 C.E.), and Gregory of Nyssa (331/340-ca. 395 C.E.) appealed to Scripture in developing rationales for their concepts of apokatastasis, the hope that all rational creatures will ultimately be reconciled to God. Harmon argues that these patristic universalists maintained their hope for a wideness in Gods mercy primarily because they believed this hope was the most coherent reading of the biblical story. Although Hellenistic thought might also have suggested an eschatology in which the end corresponds to the beginning, the eschatologies of these ancient Christian theologians were shaped mainly by the Hebrew story of creation, fall, redemption, and consummation, read through the lenses of the churchs experience of Gods saving work in the person of Jesus Christ. These early attempts to take seriously the biblical storys affirmations of the divine intention to save all people on the one hand, and of judgment and hell on the other, have a certain timeless relevance.In a context not unlike that of the late antique Christian world, the postmodern church again wrestles with these tensions in the biblical story in the midst of religious pluralism.