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This site is devoted to theological and philosophical investigations of the spiritual meanings of life, current events, music, spiritual growth, nature, and learning to be attuned to listening to the 'language of God.' The name of this blog comes from one of Jonathan Edwards's journals which he called 'Shadows of Divine Things,' and later renamed 'Images of Divine Things.' As a Christian I am continously on a spiritual journey to grow more into the image of Christ, to understand what it means to be crucified with Christ. To seek the truths of the Christian Faith is of upmost importance, and to know that any truths that are found outside of Christianity are present there because they ultimately point to God. I have an M.A. in theology and apologetics and I completed one year of graduate studies in Philosophy at Marquette University.

Monday, January 14, 2008

What I'm Currently Reading

I have shifted gears a bit on my reading shedule and decided to pick up, once again, Hans Urs Von Balthasar's work titled Dare We Hope "That All Men Be Saved"? This is due in part to a conversation I recently had with my good friends whom I meet with for our regualr "gatherings."

The issue of the salvation off all men, as opposed to views such as limited atonement, etc. was a hot button at our last meeting. I am currently in transition with regard to my thinking on this issue and this topic actually derailed my current studies on justification.

It's hard to stay on track when there are so many topics I desire to study. Has anyone out there read this book, and if so what are your current thoughts?


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

And not just the salvation of "all men" but all women too!

12:38 PM, January 14, 2008  
Anonymous Tony said...

Several points:

1) What Balthasar says is rather simple: we are to hope for the salvation of all (i.e., salvation is a matter of faith, hope and love; it is not a matter of a calculus of knowledge); hell or eternal loss is a real possibility, yes, but God's love/mercy is sovereign...

2) what could be controversial is the WAY one argues for this hope...

3) there are those who are SURE that hell is a populated "place"...

4) Ultimately, it is all a question of what kind of God we have in the revelation of Jesus Christ...

12:03 AM, January 15, 2008  
Blogger T.B. Vick said...

Anon . . . true.

tony,

Your points are what I'm getting out of his work so far, however there must be more because he declares that his views have been rejected quite heavily in Catholic circles (as he mentions anyway).

It has been a great read so far, I look forward to getting through it so I can digest and work through the note I'm taking as I read it.

10:54 PM, January 15, 2008  

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