Among hundreds of thousands of people around the world the past few years there is a growing interest in the biblical concept of apokatastasis. That’s a Greek word found only once in the entire Bible in Acts 3: 21. It is broadly defined as God’s ultimate purposes to redeem, restore, and reconcile all creation—including all humanity!—to Himself.
There are many other words used for the concept: The Victorious Gospel. Ultimate Reconciliation, Ultimate Restoration, Christian Universalism, Mercy For All, God: ALL in all, and similar words.
If you are one of those thousands of people around the world interested in the concept of apokatastasis, I am furnishing you the following “reading list” of what I consider to be the best books, teachings, and information currently available. I also recommend a few websites which are about apokatastasis. Since it’s a “current” list, I will update it periodically to include new materials as they are published and become available. Visit this website often to see what’s “hot off the press.”
These listings will remain very “fluid” as new materials become available almost daily.
To begin, I’m going to recommend a number of my own teachings on this website. Many of my teachings have the concept of apokatastasis imbedded in the teaching without that teaching necessarily emphasizing apokatastasis. But some of my teachings are clearly about apokatastasis. They are:
Beyond the Far Shores of Time
“Good” Good News vs “Bad” Good News
All ten teachings beginning with the word “Hope.”
Judgment and Justice
Books I currently recommend:
Absolute Assurance In Jesus Christ: Four Views of the Salvation of Our God by Charles Slagle
All in All by A. E. Knoch, published by Concordant Publishing Concern
All Things New by John Eldredge (Eldredge does not hold the view that God will restore and reconcile everything and everyone to Himself, but his book comes close to teaching that view and gives a positive, encouraging view of redeemed humanity’s new life on the freshly restored and reconciled earth and universe.)
At The End of the Ages by Bob Evely
The Christian Doctrine of Apokatastasis by Illiria L. E. Ramelli (This is a very scholarly, 900-page tome, and expensive to purchase. I predict this will become almost the standard scholarly authority in the understanding of apokatastasis for years to come.)
The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whithall Smith (If you purchase this book, be sure to purchase the first edition; later editions had her views about apokatastasis deliberately removed)
Concordant Literal New Testament published by Concordant Publishing Concern
Confessions of a Tomboy Grandma by Diane Castro (I believe this book is a superb apologetic book; George Sarris in his book Heaven Doors refers to Castro as “a tremendous source of encouragement.”)
Days of Vengeance by David Chilton [Chilton’s book does not specifically teach that God will restore and reconcile everything and everyone to Himself, but is an amazing verse-by-verse exposition of the biblical Book of Revelation with clear hints of that teaching.)
Discovering the Character of God by George MacDonald (compiled, arranged, and edited by Michael Phillips.)
Heaven by Randy Alcorn. (Alcorn’s book does not teach that God will restore and reconcile everything and everyone to Himself, but does give a very positive view of the practical realities of the afterlife in eternity.)
Heaven: Our Home Sweet Homeland by Bill Boylan (Subtitled “The Remarkable True Account of one Man’s Visit to Heaven” on March 6, 2018.)
Heaven and Beyond by Michael Phillips (This is part of a fictional trilogy including Hell and Beyond and The Garden at the Edge of Beyond.)
Heaven’s Doors by George Sarris (Subtitled “Wider Than You Ever Believed!)
Hell’s Illusions by Don Keathley, subtitled “Exposing the Myth of Hell—Healing and Freedom for Anyone Trapped in the Belief That Hell Exists”
Her Gates Shall Never Be Shut by Brad Jersak
Hope Beyond Hell by Gerry Beauchemin
Hope For All by Gerry Beauchemin (In my opinion, Gerry’s two books are the best available primers about the subject of apokatastasis)
The Inescapable Love of God by Thomas Talbot
Is Hell Eternal or Will God’s Plan Fail? by Charles Pridgeon (This book was out of print for many years, but has recently become available again at amazon.com)
Judas Iscariot: Revisited and Restored by Ivan Rogers
Love Wins by Rob Bell (Bell’s popular book does not directly teach that God will restore and reconcile everything and everyone to Himself, but it does open up the possibility of that view to his multitudes of readers)
MacDonald, George (Unspoken Sermons, Series I, II, III. MacDonald also wrote numerous books of fiction about Scotland translated from the heavy Scottish brogue by Michael Phillips; MacDonalds’ books of fiction include many veiled and clear references to the concept of apokatastasis)
Raising Hell by Julie Ferwerda
The Shack by William Paul Young (Young’s New York Times best-seller book is fiction, clearly hinting at apokatastasis)
That All Shall Be Saved by David Bentley Hart
Translation of the New Testament by David Bentley Hart
Translation of the New Testament by Jonathan Mitchell (Mitchell is currently working on exhaustive commentaries of various books of the Bible that clearly support the view of apokatastasis)
Why The Universe Is The Way It Is by Hugh Ross
The following are the best websites I currently know about. There are scores (perhaps hundreds) of them on the worldwide web that teach or broach the subject of apokatastasis:
Also, by means of FaceBook, there are many, many individuals and groups that post about apokatastasis almost daily. I’ve not been able to even come close to knowing about all of them; there are thousands of them. And, we must not forget that YouTube also has innumerable postings about the subject of apokastastasis. Finally, a plethora of ZOOM discussion and teachings groups have become available just the last year or so, largely due to the impact of the Corona pandemic. I host a small ZOOM discussion group every Wednesday evening and am involved in two more, one on Thursday evening, and one on Sunday afternoon. Please contact me if you’re interested in knowing more about these 3 groups, and perhaps joining them.
If you know of other teachings, websites, books, ZOOM groups, YouTube postings, etc. that I could add to this listing, please let me know and I’ll check them out.
For additional information about this subject, I invite you to study a companion teaching on this website titled: Apokatastasis.
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Posted January 2021