thinking out loud (again)

What would happen if the Reformed doctrine of “limited atonement” were understood from an eschatological perspective rather than one of predetermination?


  1. Well, I was being a little bit snarky, but since you ask. I think I see what you are getting at in that from the future looking back the specific number of people who benefit from the atonement is clear and unchangable. But this is a matter of perspective, not the actual extent of the atonement. Whether one considers the atonement from a predetermined past time or an eschatological future time, I don’t think it changes what the atonement is and neither does it change the scope of the atonement. Even from an eschatological perspective, those in hell where potential beneficiaries of the atoning work of Christ, which means the atonement is not limited in the sense that the Reformed tradition means when it talks about limited atonement.

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