Rob Bell of Grand Rapids and Origen of Alexandria

Yes, on Rob Bell’s new book — nothing new under the sun.

 Regarding the afterlife, yes I believe that there is either a blessed life with God or one alone without God (not speculating on the furniture of heaven or the temperature of hell/hades) but I have pondered

the “apocatastasis” of Origen of Alexandria (250): “all fallen intelligences will be restored to God who made them.” Clement of Alexandria (initially), Gregory of Nyssa, some Moravians, the Christadelphians, Friedrich Schleiermacher, (even) Karl Barth, and Paul Tillich entertained similar ideas.

Nevertheless, Augustine of Hippo attacked this doctrine and it was condemned by the Council of Constantinople in AD 543.


About cpuskas

*Noteworthy publications in my field of study: An Introduction to the New Testament (Hendrickson Publishers, 1989, 1992; forthcoming revision with C. Michael Robbins, Cascade/Wipf and Stock, 2011); An Introduction to the Gospels and Acts with David Crump (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2008); The Letters of Paul: An Introduction (Liturgical Press, 1993); The Conclusion of Luke-Acts: The Significance of Acts 28:16-31 (Pickwick Publications; Wipf & Stock, 2009); *Ph.D. in Biblical Languages and Literature from Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri (doctoral advisor, Robert F. O'Toole, S.J.). I have traveled to Israel, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Holland, England, Spain, France, Hawaii, Mexico, and China.
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