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Presuppositions of Balthasar’s Universalist Hope and Maritain’s Alternative Eschatological Proposal

Hans Urs von Balthasar and Jacques Maritain are both confronted by the apparent contradiction between the reality of damnation and the universal salvific will of God. While Balthasar’s understanding of grace lends itself to universalism, Maritain’s more harmonious perspective is able to avoid the pitfalls of which Balthasar is frequently criticized. Digging beneath the aporia that so plagued Balthasar, Maritain offers an innovative theory that seems to reconcile the divine will to be “all in all” and the enduring choice of some creatures to refuse God’s grace. Thus, going beyond any problems with Balthasar’s universalist hope, Maritain’s proposal seems to represent a higher synthesis of diverse eschatological truths.

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