In his pivotal talk, Richard Rohr recognizes that until Christians deal with their false notion of hell, their capacity to love and trust God is seriously compromised. Such a belief aims the whole Christian life in a fear-based direction and with a narrow win/lose worldview that only appeals to the ego. This view of hell makes God much smaller than the teaching of Jesus reveals.
Love cannot happen through threat, punishment, or demand. God’s ways are much more subtle and true. The largely medieval notion of hell that many Christians hold to this day makes mystical union with God largely impossible and even undesirable.
Fr. Richard uses Scripture, the Fathers and mystics of the Church, philosophy, and psychology to demonstrate that Divine Love is stronger than death or sin. That is the summary point of the Gospel. God’s victory, revealed in Jesus’ resurrection, is a victory for all of creation!
This talk was recorded at CONSPIRE 2014, a conference sponsored by the Center for Action and Contemplation, and is also a part of the In the Beginning CD set
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, and A Benevolent Universe
Richard Rohr is a Franciscan of the New Mexico Province and the Founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation. He is the author of numerous books, including The Naked Now, Breathing Under Water, Immortal Diamond, and Eager to Love. Fr. Richard serves as Academic Dean of the Living School for Action and Contemplation.
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