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Faith and Philosophy

Volume 14, Issue 1, January 1997

Gordon Knight
Pages 98-103
DOI: 10.5840/faithphil199714111

Universalism and the Greater Good
A Response to Talbott

Thomas Talbott has recently argued in this journal that the three propositions 1) God wills universal salvation 2) God has the power to produce universal salvation and 3) some persons are not saved are inconsistent. I contend that this claim is only true if God has no overriding purposes that would place restrictions on the means God uses to achieve God’s ends. One possible example of such an overriding purpose would be God’s aim to produce the most good. I end by suggesting that while God’s purpose of universal salvation does render the achievement of this end probable, it is by no means necessary.

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