Hell in Cultural Perspective: Factors in the Rise of Universalism (1 of 4)
The Doctrine of Universalism has gained increasing traction in recent years, corresponding with the waning confidence in the doctrine of hell. Geoffrey Fulkerson discusses these trends and implications with Mike McClymond (St. Louis University) and Gerald Hiestand (Calvin Memorial Church).
Michael J. McClymond is Professor of Modern Christianity at Saint Louis University. He was educated at Northwestern University (B. A. in Chemistry), Yale University (M.Div.), and the University of Chicago (M.A. in Religion, Ph.D. in Theology). McClymond’s book, Encounters With God: An Approach to the Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Oxford University Press, 1998), received the 1999 Brewer Prize from the American Society of Church History as the best first book in the history of Christianity. He was co-editor of (with Professor David Noel Freedman of University of California, San Diego) and a contributor to The Rivers of Paradise: Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, and Muhammad as Religious Founders (Eerdmans, 2001), editor of Embodying the Spirit: New Perspectives on North American Revivalism (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004), and author of Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth (Eerdmans, 2004; winner of the Award of Merit in 2005 from Christianity Today magazine). With Lamin Sanneh of Yale University, McClymond is currently co-editing the Blackwell-Wiley Companion to World Christianity (Basil Blackwell, 2014).