In the last few years I’ve shifted from an orthodox understanding of hell to some form of universalism, but Ken Burns has given me more to think about. His documentaries like The West, The War and The Civil War strip the veneer off civilization and expose the depths of human depravity in gory detail. Not just the reprobate deeds of twisted tyrants but the systemic sinfulness of whole societies.
How is the wickedness not dealt with in this life addressed in the next? What about the defiant criminal nature? Or those miscreants who don’t want to be forgiven? Will there be a reclamation process that overcomes recalcitrance and morphs all sinners into saints?
Read more … Fuzzy Universalism.
(I hope this is my last post from the oncology clinic; 30 rounds of chemo should be enough for one lifetime.)