David Bentley Hart‘s That All Shall Be Saved is a brilliant book of religious thinking, of universalist thought (and usually not perplexing). I too subscribe to the belief that all people will finally be saved through faith in Jesus Christ.

Hart nails it that most Christians do not really believe in hell. Rather they believe in their believing in hell: not the same thing. And in a predestination system, if hell exists, to saved people (Hart argues) God is love. To the damned he is hate. Yet the Bible doesn’t teach this. Nobody will see God as hate. Consider the inspiring translation of First Timothy 2:3-4 with which Hart opens his book—“Our savior God . . .intends that all human beings shall be saved and come to a full knowledge of the truth.” God-as-love intends this.