Larry Chapp Interviews Dr. Jordan Wood on Universal Salvation
This might be one of my more controversial interviews. In this video I interview Dr. Jordan Wood, an expert on the theology of St. Maximus the Confessor, on the topic of universal salvation. In this interview, toward the end I state that from a theological perspective I accept the concept of universal salvation. Simply speaking, I think all of the best theological arguments are on that side of the divide. All that said, I want to reassure my loyal Catholic followers that I too am a loyal son of the Church and accept the full magisterial and dogmatic authority of the Catholic Church. I offer my views as an exercise in theological speculation and not from any desire to "dissent" from Church teaching, a fact which I also discuss. I do not think the Church should affirm universalism as a dogmatic teaching and I fully subscribe to all of the Church's dogmatic teachings on the topic. Specifically, I accept the dogmatic teachings that Hell is real, that it is eternal, and that there can be no post mortem conversions. Jordan and I discuss these dogmatic elements as well to see how our views can possibly be squared with that tradition. I humbly submit all of my theological opinions (and that is all that they are, my theological opinions) to the teaching magisterium of Holy Mother Church. In other words, I do not hold my views dogmatically, but speculatively only, and I am open to debate and correction.