Related to my last post, I came across an old article by N.T. Wright on the lack of biblical support for universalism. The article is important because many of those who seem to support a type of universalism really like Wright, and it is a very good summary in its own right. You may read it here: http://s3.amazonaws.com/tgc-documents/journal-issues/4.2_Wright.pdf. If that link doesn’t work, go to the Themelios journal homepage at http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/publications and scroll down to Issue 4-2.
The money quote comes at the end: “I frequently meet people who tell me that they are ‘universalsists’ in the usual sense while in no way thinking the Bible supports their view. This position is perfectly clear: I simply disagree with its view of scripture, of God and of Christ. What is not even clear is the position of the person who maintains that universalism finds support in the Bible. It might be more comfortable if it did: but we are in the business to discover truth.”
Two related issues: you should read the latest issue of Themelios. It’s free on the Gospel coalition website, and has numerous book reviews on important books and articles by D.A. Carson on the Internet, Tim Keller on a Christian response to poverty, and Carl Trueman on Ph.D. students in church.
Also, N.T. Wright is responding to John Piper’s The Future of Justification. His book is entitled, Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision, and will be published in the U.K. in February by SPCK and in the U.S. in July by 2009. This looks like the first must-read book of the new year. For a terrific summary on the Piper-Wright dialogue so far, see Brian McLaughlin’s blog at http://triangularchristianity.wordpress.com/2009/01/02/wright-and-piper-on-justificationagain/.