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The Devil's Redemption (2 Vols.)

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Will all people eventually be saved? Will all evil finally turn to good, or does some evil remain fully and stubbornly opposed to God and God's goodness? Will even the devil be redeemed?

The question of the devil's final salvation has been continuously debated since the time of Origen. This comprehensive book surveys the history of Christian universalism from the second to the twenty-first century and offers an interpretation of how and why universalist belief arose. Michael McClymond explores what the church has taught about universal salvation and hell and offers a critique of universalism from a biblical, philosophical, and theological standpoint. He shows that the effort to extend grace to everyone undermines the principle of grace for anyone.

Key Features

  • Presents a history of univeralism that is comprehensive in scope
  • Includes extensive, detailed appendices
  • Thoughtfully argued and compellingly written


  • Volume 1
    • Final Salvation: Church Teachings and Newer Views
    • Ancient Afterlives: The Gnostic, Kabbalist, and Esoteric Roots of Christian Universalism
    • “The End Is Like the Beginning”: Origen and Origenism, 200-410 CE
    • “That God May Be All in All”: Origen and Origenism, 410-1700 CE
    • “In Yes and No All Things Consist”: The Theosophic World of Jakob Böhme and the Böhmists of Germany, England, America, France, and Russia
    • A House Divided: The Rise and Fall of the Anglo-American Universalists
  • Volume 2
    • German Thinkers: Kant and Müller, Schleiermacher and Hegel, Schelling and Tillich
    • Russian Thinkers: Solovyov, Berdyaev, Florovsky, and Bulgakov
    • Debating Universal Election: Karl Barth, Barth's Interpreters, Jürgen Moltmann, and the Post-1970s Kenotic-Relational Theologies
    • Embracing Universal Hope: Karl Rahner, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and the Inclusivist, Plurocentrist, and Universalist Turns in Roman Catholicism
    • New Theologies in the New Millennium: The Variety of Contemporary Universalisms
    • The Eclipse of Grace: An Appraisal of Christian Universalism
    • Appendices
      • Gnosis and Western Esotericism: Definitions and Lineages
      • Zoroastrian Eschatology
      • Anti-Origenist Declarations in the Early Church: From Alexandria, Jerusalem, Rome, and Constantinople
      • Ramelli's The Christian Doctrine of Apokatastasis (2013)
      • The Sefiroth: A Kabbalistic Diagram
      • Universal Salvation in Islamic Teaching Islamic Eschatology and Qur'anic Teaching
      • Types of Christian Universalism
      • The Cosmic Saga: An Esoteric View
      • Ultra-Dispensational Universalism
      • Words and Concepts for Time and Eternity
      • Mormon Teachings on God, Cosmos, and Salvation
      • Barth and Bultmann on Romans 5

Praise for the Print Edition

The Devil's Redemption is an ambitious, wide-ranging theology of universalism in the Western tradition and its analogues elsewhere. The impressive scope of the work is supported by rigorous analysis and interpretation and aided by clarity of style and presentation. McClymond gathers many different intellectual strands across time and space and weaves them into a coherent statement about the nature and scope of evil and redemption. Without question, the book will establish itself as a standard work of scholarship in the field, and for that McClymond deserves the gratitude of the guild.

—Lamin Sanneh, D. Willis James Professor of Missions and World Christianity, Yale Divinity School, and professor of history and professor of international and area studies, Yale University

More and more evangelicals seem to be willing to consider the possibility that, because God is love, each and every person who has ever lived will eventually be saved. What are we to make of this soteriological mission creep? McClymond's magisterial study provides both a thorough historical investigation of the ancient and modern roots of Christian universalism and a thoughtful theological evaluation of their presuppositions, claims, and consequences. He shows that what on the surface appears to be not simply good but the best news—if universal salvation is indeed better than the traditional good news of salvation in Christ for those who have faith--on closer analysis ends up undermining the logic of the biblical gospel and of Christian orthodoxy. It turns out that grace that is necessary is no longer grace, but that to which creatures are entitled. Important issues require important books, and McClymond has produced what I suspect will be the definitive treatment of Christian universalism for years to come.

—Kevin J. Vanhoozer, research professor of systematic theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

A timely and fascinating book on a crucial topic that probably only an omnicompetent historical theologian like Michael McClymond could write. McClymond shows that while the notion of universal salvation has attractive features, it does not have a very encouraging spiritual or theological track record in the history of the church.

—Craig S. Keener, F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

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Michael J. McClymond (PhD, University of Chicago) is professor of modern Christianity at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. He previously held teaching or research appointments at Wheaton College, Westmont College, University of California-San Diego, and Emory University. He is the author of Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth (winner of a Christianity Today Book Award) and Encounters with God: An Approach to the Theology of Jonathan Edwards (winner of the Brewer Prize from the American Society of Church History). He also coedited and contributed to The Rivers of Paradise: Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, and Muhammad as Religious Founders and coauthored The Theology of Jonathan Edwards.

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