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A hopeful universalism

Why we can hope everyone will be saved

God's "consuming fire" is the fire of holy love. It doesn't await sinners in the future; it burns up sin itself.

Film

Hereafter

Directed by Clint Eastwood

A  plethora of films deal with the afterlife, the shady domain Hamlet calls "that undiscovered country." From them could be built a looming tower of unanswered questions and unreliable answers.

Books

Heaven explained

Christians don’t go to heaven when we die—that’s the dramatic way to summarize N. T. Wright’s book. The Christian hope is that our bodies will be raised on a transformed Earth when Christ returns, not that our souls will be freed of our bodies so that they can get to heaven.