In The Case For Faith, Lee Strobel sets out to investigate some of the common objections against the Christian faith. In so doing, he consults with a variety of experts, who offer practical answers to the many objections that exist. One of those objections, of course, is hell. How can a good God torture people forever? Strobel discussed the issue with J.P. Moreland. The following is an excerpt of their conversation from Strobel’s book.
Sometimes the most insightful comments come not from books or essays by esteemed authors or commentators, but rather from regular people expressing their minds. I came across a wonderful example of this in the form of a comment left by a reader of a blog post on--what else?--Calvinism. It read:
In my book The Calvinist Universalist I describe Calvinism this way:
According to Calvinism, God made the wicked in order to punish them for their sins. Let's look at some of the verses they believe support it.
The First Proof Text: Romans 9:22
In a prior article Atheists and Universalists: Friends or Foes? I suggested that Universalism has more in common with atheism than it does with mainline Chrisitianity. With regard to John Loftus and his book Why I Became An Atheist, I wrote that “the principles he uses to conclude God doesn't exist are more sound than the principles mainline Chrisitianity uses to defend their doctrines—particularly the doctrine of eternal torment—and therefore Universalists are in greater fundamental agreement with Loftus than with mainline Christians.”
I recently read John Loftus's book Why I Became an Atheist. Not surprisingly, it has not been well-received by the Christian community. Perhaps a bit more surprising—although just a tiny bit—is that it also has not been well-received among the Universalist community. Here are a two responses from The Evangelical Universalist Forum, to which I belong:
Quote of The Day
God's Promises are not at a discount, but rather at a premium. His "paper" is worth more than the face value, not less. Any explanation of a scripture that belittles it, that seems to fall far short of the language used, may be looked upon at once with suspicion, for the reality of God's truth is not below, but far above the power of human expression.