It’s been a couple of years now since I’ve officially “come out” as a universalist. For those who don’t speak theology what that means (in the negative) is that I don’t believe in hell. In positive terms, it means that I believe God will save every person.
This post is not the place where I will offer a full biblical, theological, and philosophical defense of this position. That’s for another day. What I want to do here is draw my readers’ attention toward a few online links to resource websites where Christian universalism is experiencing something of a revival in recent years. Christian universalism went dormant for a while after the Universalist Church of America merged with the American Unitarian Association in 1961. More recently, it has received a renewed energy of attention among Christians in mainline (and a few evangelical) denominations.
The Christian Universalist Association
This is the only attempt I am aware of to revive universalism on a denominational level.
Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship
Christian subgroup within the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Historical documents and hymn texts related to the old Universalist Church of America.
Hymns of the Spirit Three
Classic universalist hymn texts.
Books (links to Amazon.com)
Philip Gulley & James Mulholland. If Grace Is True: Why God Will Save Every Person
Gregory MacDonald. The Evangelical Universalist
Thomas Talbott. The Inescapable Love of God
Brad Jersak & Nik Ansell. Her Gates Will Never Be Shut: Hope, Hell, and the New Jerusalem
These last three books are not, strictly speaking, universalist in theology, but they provided me with certain foundational values that led me toward universalism in my own journey:
Wm. Paul Young. The Shack