Why was Hans Denck thought to be a universalist?

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Title: Why was Hans Denck thought to be a universalist?
Author: Ludlow, Morwenna
Citation: 55 (2), pp. 257-274
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Journal: Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Date Issued: 2004-04
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10036/21494
DOI: 10.1017/S002204690400990X
Links: http://0-journals.cambridge.org.lib.ex.ac.uk/action/displayIssue?jid=ECH&volumeId=55&issueId=02
Abstract: Hans Denck is commonly cited as a universalist. Probably he was not, but there are several reasons why it was easy for his opponents to claim the opposite: his theology admitted the possibility that all people will be saved; his broadly Origenistic conceptions of freedom, divinisation and punishment tempted opponents to attribute Origen’s idea of universalism to him; and he so challenged the core beliefs of mainstream Reformation theology that his opponents may have found it difficult to understand how he could claim that God wills all to be saved, Christ died for all and all are free, without being universalist.
Type: Article
Keywords: Denck, HansOrigenuniversalismuniversal salvationReformation
ISSN: 0022-0469


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