Three Versions of Universalism

Faith and Philosophy 16 (1):55-68 (1999)

Michael Murray
Franklin and Marshall College
In recent years a number of sophisticated versions of soteriological universalism have appeared in the literature. In this essay I offer some critical retlections them. In particular, I argue that universalism offers no explanation for the fact that God puts human creatures through the earthly life, and that if there is no such reason then the earthly life and the evil it contains are both gratuitous. Finally, I argue that universalists are obliged to deny that human beings have a centrally important feature of human freedom
Keywords Contemporary Philosophy  Philosophy and Religion
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DOI 10.5840/faithphil19991613
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