The Inescapable Love of God
Imprint: Cascade Books
254 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.51 in
- Published: November 2014
$33.00 / £29.00 / AU$46.00Buy
- Published: November 2014
$31.00 / £26.99 / AU$45.99Buy
Thomas Talbott is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Willamette University in Salem, OR. He received his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. His evolving academic interests include philosophy of religion, philosophical theology, and, most recently, the ways in which Christian theologians have traditionally interpreted the Bible as a whole; and his published writings include The Doctrine of Everlasting Punishment (1990), an entry on universalism in The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology (2007), and an entry entitled Heaven and Hell in Christian Thought in the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
"I am not exaggerating when I say that the first edition of this book changed my life. Its core chapters provided my despairing heart with the utterly unexpected and glorious hope that 'all will be well'--that God's victory over sin will truly be complete! This classic and compelling case for Christian universalism is now even better in this revised and expanded edition. Highly recommended!"
--Robin A. Parry, author of The Evangelical Universalist
"Among sustained defenses of Christian universalism, I know of no book that's as effective at presenting rigorous arguments in a manner engaging and accessible to non-specialists. The new edition retains that balance while tackling recent arguments and introducing new material--including a new chapter, 'Predestination unto Glory.' The Inescapable Love of God is public philosophy at its best: serious philosophical and theological argumentation that speaks to those for whom the question of whether God saves all is no mere academic issue but a deeply personal one."
--Eric Reitan, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
"The Inescapable Love of God is an important book. Its author, Thomas Talbott, is the leading defender of Christian universalism in the philosophical world. But this is in no way an academic work; rather, it is a remarkable combination of memoir, biblical exegesis, and popular philosophy. Talbott argues compellingly that the love of God will prevail for all whom God loves--that is, for everyone!"
--Tom Senor, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
"Tom Talbott defends universal salvation with both serious biblical exegesis and philosophically sophisticated arguments. His multifaceted case for universalism has challenged my understanding of hell more than any other writer I have read. This book is essential reading for anyone involved in this vital debate."
--Jerry L. Walls, Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX