Patristic Universalism

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All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord,

And all the families of the nations will bow down and worship before You.

~Psalm 2​2:27

What others are saying

David Burnfield has written a masterful book that argues persuasively not only that Universalism is biblically and philosophically sound, but that it is not a new or heretical concept; indeed he demonstrates that it was popular among the earliest church fathers. He also effectively presents the case that biblical interpretation is a far more subjective exercise than we might sometimes imagine, offering one of the best quotes I've ever read on the subject.

-- Stephen Campana, Author "The Calvinist Universalist" 


Excellent and thorough presentation of a biblically and historically sound universalism. It helped me fill out and clarify my understanding of universal reconciliation beyond any material I have read on the subject so far.

 -- George Hurd, Author, 'The Triumph of Mercy: The Reconciliation of All through Jesus Christ'

"Patristic Universalism" proves that you can be thorough biblical, thoroughly Christian and yet still hold out hope that all people will ultimately be reconciled to God. And that's good news. The best possible news! I highly recommend you read this book."

 -- Kevin Miller, Documentary; 'Hell Bound' 


'I really enjoyed this book. Despite the fact that I disagree with the overall conclusions, I found this book to be a helpful introduction into the biblical and patristic arguments for Universalism. I wish more "evangelical" books took the bible as seriously as this author did! I've rarely read a book with such academic excellence as this, especially amongst the pop-theology of most modern evangelicals. This book definitely presents one of the clearest and most scripturally backed arguments for universalism. It has expanded my perspective on the bible, and given fresh insights into the scary truth that universalism may not be so heretical after all. In the midst of an evangelical community that is up in arms against all traces of universalism, this book stands up and gives a clear, thought-provoking argument that makes clear that fact that perhaps we have jumped the gun, and gotten far too dogmatic with our doctrines of hell. I disagree with the overall position because, like Karl Barth, I believe in the freedom of God which creates the freedom of man. To say ipso facto that hell is real, eternal, or temporary, or that universalism is heresy of fact, is to deny God His right to be free in Himself, and to inspire our freedom along with Him. However, as a book, this is an excellent introduction into the perspective of universalism. If you think universalism is unbiblical, read this book! It will shed some light on the fact that the bible is not so one sided as the evangelical community seems to think.

-- Stephen Morrison, Author & Theologian "Karl Barth in Plain English"