One of the most enduring controversies surrounding the beliefs of George MacDonald for 150 years has been the question: Was George MacDonald a universalist?
One of the most enduring controversies surrounding the beliefs of George MacDonald for 150 years has been the question: Was George MacDonald a universalist? Though his own books contain hints of his theological perspectives on hell, the purpose of fire, the atonement, and everlasting punishment, MacDonald never clearly and concisely stated his doctrinal positions unambiguously and without room for misunderstanding. The controversy has therefore raged about what exactly MacDonald believed. MacDonald biographer, redactor, and publisher Michael Phillips at last tackles the "great hell debate" head on. With numerous quotes from MacDonald’s writings, amplified, interpreted, and understandably explained by his own insights and extensive knowledge of MacDonald’s work, Phillips blows the lid off the debate with a clear illumination of the full scope of MacDonald’s afterlife vision. This is surely one of the most significant studies of MacDonald’s theological perspectives written—a must-read for all serious students of George MacDonald.
Michael Phillips is a prolific bestselling author, with sales of his fiction, nonfiction, and devotional writings exceeding seven million copies worldwide. A leading authority on the works and message of George MacDonald and their connections to C.S. Lewis, he and his wife Judy are former bookstore owners and split their time between George MacDonald’s Scotland and their home in California.