WhenCHRISTIANITY TODAY’S“Review of Current Religious Thought” was devoted recently (Oct. 12, 1962, issue) to the widespread speculations about universalism currently leavening some Protestant churches, the mails ran heavy with comment. A rejoinder by Professor Nels Ferré, and an overcomment by Professor Harold Kuhn, appear below.CHRISTIANITY TODAY’Ssermon contest on the theme of man’s final destiny attracted hundreds of entries from many lands. Results will be announced in the Fall of 1963.—ED.

CHRISTIANITY TODAY has chosen to urge the writing of sermons against universalism. Dr. Kuhn singled out for mention my book, The Christian Understanding of God, presenting my position in a friendly spirit even while opposing it. I owe it to your sermon writers and to your readers, therefore, to present my position from the perspective and in the spirit in which it is held.

I do not hold a universalism based on a prediction from human knowledge in general nor from any soft view of God’s love. Rather, my thankfulness to God for his sovereign love and final victory, effectively realized and witnessed to by the Cross and the Resurrection, issues from the character of God as thus revealed. Secondly, it depends upon the deepest and strongest logic of the Bible: “… God … who will have all men to be saved …” (1 Tim. 2:3, 4) and “with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).

Thirdly, the New Testament itself, the existential sourcebook (not the literal textbook) of Christian doctrine, contains three teachings on the subject:

1. In spite of linguistic problems of both Hebrew and Greek words and the cyclical view of time (ages of ages), I personally believe that eternal damnation is intended in some New Testament passages, even though parable ...

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