""This is a wonderful gem! Who is Chosen? is an ideal introduction to fundamental questions surrounding the theology of election and salvation. Humphries engages perennially thorny questions through a conversation with four key, but markedly distinct, figures: Origen, Augustine, Calvin, and Balthasar. One is struck by the careful and judicious overview Humphries offers each figure. This is an outstanding resource for a theology class!""
--Gerald P. Boersma, Ave Maria University
""Balancing humility and conviction, Dr. Humphries invites one to ponder the seminal matter of Christian faith: salvation. . . . Who is Chosen? elicits critical reflection upon perennial themes of heaven, hell, and free will, while calling upon the reader to contemplate the saving mysteries of God. One is encouraged to direct one's reflections to one's own holiness and missionary service unto others.""
--Michael J. Tkacik, Saint Leo University, Florida
""I would recommend this book for students or anyone else wanting an outline they can use to grasp the theological contours which have arisen to answer the questions concerning who will be saved.""
--Henry C. Anthony Karlson III, author ofThe Eschatological Judgment of Christ
""In this text, Humphries unlocks the key sources and questions about salvation with a succinct and insightful examination of four major theories (Origen, Augustine, Calvin, and Balthasar). It will be an invaluable companion to any students who are studying this vexing question.""
--Stephen Okey, Saint Leo University
""This is a very well-organized and reader-friendly introduction to some of the important questions pertaining to Christian salvation. Dr. Humphries provides to beginners and seasoned thinkers of soteriology a very helpful guide through some complicated theories of salvation . . . . I recommend this book to teachers and students alike who are interested in basic questions of Christian salvation.""
--Brendan Thomas Sammon, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Thomas Humphries is an Associate Professor of Philosophy, Theology, and Religion at Saint Leo University in Florida. He is also the author of Ascetic Pneumatology (2013).
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About the Author
Table of Contents
1 Christian Salvation in Sacred Scripture 1
Overview of Salvation History
An "Exegetical Problem"
2 Origenism and the Restoration of All Things 10
The Exegetical Argument for Universalism
The Good God Who is Beginning and End
The Problem of Evil
A Short Critique of Origen
3 St. Augustine of Hippo 19
Exegesis of Original Sin
Necessity and Sufficiency for Salvation
Divine Grace and Human Will
The Massa Damnata, Hell, and Gods Inscrutable Will
Reception of Augustine
A Short Critique of St. Augustine
4 John Calvin and Double Predestination 34
Scripture Reveals that Double Predestination Belongs to God alone
Responsibility for (the Problem of) Evil
Making Sense of Double Predestination
Proof of Election
A Short Critique of Calvin
5 Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Hope for Universal Salvation 43
The Exegetical Problem Really is a Problem Hell
Obligatory Hope Key Questions
A Short Critique of Balthasar