Karl Barth

“everything is consummated in Christ.”

“No one, with the exception of Karl Barth, ever had as many American students study under him as did Berkouwer” (Modern Reformation)

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“The End of which the New Testament speaks is no temporal event… What delays its coming is not the Parousia, but our awakening…”

An Introduction to Post-Modern Explanation – ” Having realized that Jesus was the incarnate Lord of the Days of the Lord of the Old Testament, and that He was the Lord of the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70, we assume that He still continues His reign among all nations. “



“Will there ever be an end to all our ceaseless talk about the delay of the Parousia?  How can the coming of that which does not enter in ever be delayed?  The End of which the New Testament speaks is no temporal event… What delays its coming is not the Parousia, but our awakening…” (The Epistle to the Romans, pp.500-501)


Edward S. Baxter, Jr.
The study is divided Into three major historical periods. The first historical period Investigates apoketastasis from the postapostolic period until the time of the Reformation. Origen Is the center of research of this division. While his influence was widespread In the East, the West remained largely committed to the traditional view of hell, except those who were influenced by pantheistic-mysticism like John Scotus Erigena and Meister Eckert.

     The second major period examines apokatestesis from the time of Luther to the time of Barth. This period Investigates such personages as Hans Denk (an Anabaptist), F. C. Oetinger (a German Pietist), William Law (a celebrated English mystic), Friedrich Schleiermacher (the father of liberal theology), F.D. Maurice (an English Broad Church leader). and Hosea Ballou (an eminent leader in the Universalist denomination).

     The last major period, and the major focus of this dissertation, Is the twentieth century. The widespread proliferation of universalism and ‘ neouniverselism’ are Investigated in movements such as neoorthodoxy, Christian existentialism, realized eschatology, liberation theology, Roman Catholic theology, the World Council of Churches, and evengelicalism. Individuals within these movements who are discussed include Karl Barth, Paul Tillich, Neis F. S. Ferre, John A.T. Robinson, John Hick, Oscar Cullmann, Jurgen Moltmann, Gustavo Gutierrez, Pierre Tellhard de Chardin, Karl Rohner, D.T. Niles, Donald Bloesch, and Dale Moody.” (A HISTORICAL STUDY OF THE OF ‘APOKATASTASIS’ (UNIVERSALISM))

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