Must All Be Saved? A Kierkegaardian Response to Theological Universalism
International Journal for Philosophy of Religion
In this paper, I consider how a Kierkegaardian could respond critically to the question of strong theological universalism, i.e., the belief that all individuals must eventually be reconciled to God and experience everlasting happiness. A Kierkegaardian would likely reject what Thomas Talbott has called "conservative theism," but has the resources to mount a sustained attack on the view that all individuals must experience everlasting happiness. Some have seen that Kierkegaard has some potential in this regard, but a full Kierkegaardian response to strong theological universalism has yet to be given. In this paper, I give such an account.
Repository citation: Mulder, Jack E., "Must All Be Saved? A Kierkegaardian Response to Theological Universalism" (2006). Faculty Publications. Paper 1318.
Published in: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Volume 59, Issue 1, February 1, 2006, pages 1-24. Copyright © 2006 Springer, New York.