Below are the links to my series Why I am a Universalist along with some additional Internet resources for you to explore if you wish to learn more about Universalism.
What I try to do in this series is to build a plausibility case for Universalism. I think Universalism is the best soteriological position to stake out logically, biblically, theologically, scientifically, and morally. I understand, however, that there will be many who disagree, often with formidable reasons. But I hope, if critics read the entire series, they will draw three conclusions:
1. Universalists do wish to subscribe to a biblically supported vision.
2. Universalists are not adopting the position for naive, "feel good" reasons.
3. Universalists have some very good reasons for adopting their position.
In short, I'd like an informed and charitable critic to say, "I disagree with you, but I see why you have reached that conclusion."
To summarize, I've made the following arguments in this series:
1. Biblical Arguments:
I Corinthians 15
A Universalist Reading of Hosea
Amos 9.7: Exodus in the plural
2. Logical Arguments:
3. Moral and Ethical Arguments:
Justice and Teleological Visions of Punishment
4. Theological Arguments:Moral Coherence
The Soteriological/Eschatological Interface
Salvation in a Post-Cartesian World
Excursus: On the irascibility of God
5. Pragmatic/Ministerial Arguments:
If you want to explore more about universalism, through this series I've discovered some great Internet resources:
Check out Yale philosopher Keith DeRose's Universalism and the Bible Page.
Also, from Princeton Theological Seminary, check out D.W. Congdon's own series on Why I am a Universalist. For the more theologically inclined, Congdon's series is a much more thorough theological approach than the one I took here (but of course, I'm a psychologist).
Finally, Congdon also maintains a nice Universalism in the Blogosphere resource page.
Thanks to all who participated in the series (and to those who will participate today or in the future). I hope, as always, that I've given you something to think about.
Since this initial series in 2006 I've gone on to write a lot more about this subject, expanding upon many of the arguments found in the posts above. So, for my more up to date writing on this subject:
Universalism: A Summary Defense (one post that condenses many of the arguments above)
Universalism FAQ and Answers (the best work I've done to date on this topic: a summary post in a Q&A format linking to many other posts prompted by the publication of Rob Bell's Love Wins)
The Best Ending to the Christian Story (a post linking to an exchange I had with J.R. Daniel Kirk from Fuller, hosted by Two Friars and Fool, about universalism being the best ending to the Christian story)
Universalism and Theodicy (a critical post as universal reconciliation is less about soteriology than theodicy for me and many others)