Why Are Progressive Christians Attracted to Universalism? How a Distorted View of God Distorts Our View of Good
Talbot School of Theology
Why does it seem progressive Christians are drawn to a universal salvation for all people? There could be several reasons, such as religious pluralism, on which everyone has their own interpretations of God (or, “religious reality”). The key to “salvation” on such a view is moral transformation, which is possible in all the world religions.
Still, there could be other reasons for this attraction. It might be a reaction against evangelicals’ exclusive claim that Jesus is the only way to God, which might strike some progressives as imperialistic. In addition, it might be due to shifts in their views of the nature of what is real regarding human beings, sin, our core need, and more.
Smith, R. Scott, "Why Are Progressive Christians Attracted to Universalism? How a Distorted View of God Distorts Our View of Good" (2020). Faculty Articles & Research. 418.