[Milton-L] Hell, Satan, Forgiveness, Origen, etc.

Carrol Cox cbcox at ilstu.edu
Fri Jul 21 10:53:15 EDT 2006

Michael Bryson wrote:
> To follow up on Richard Strier's recommendation of Walker's *The Decline of Hell*, it does seem that the seventeenth century brought a revival in Origen's critical fortunes. Two examples stick in my memory: 1661 saw *A letter of resolution concerning Origen and the chief of his opinions* (George Rust?), while 1662 saw *Lux orientalis; or, An enquiry into the opinion of the eastern sages, concerning the preexistence of souls* (Joseph Glanvill). Each of these texts takes a positive view of Origen's notion of reincarnation, employed as a theodical device, with Glanvill cautiously considering, and seemingly quite reluctant about finally rejecting, Origen's notion of apocatastasis.

While Dryden doesn't reject Hell, he does show a bit of wobbling in
Religio Laici about the future of those who live in nations where
Christianity has never been introduced. That might be considered a straw
in the wind.


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