• Barth, Origen, and universal salvation: Restoring particularity

      Greggs, Tom (Oxford University Press, 2009-05-14)
      This book proposes a bold new presentation of universal salvation. The author discusses the third-century theologian, Origen, and the twentieth-century Swiss theologian, Karl Barth, to offer a defence of universalism as rooted in Christian theology, showing this belief does not have to be at the expense of human particularity, freedom, and Christian faith.
    • Bringing Barth’s critique of religion to the inter‐faith table

      Greggs, Tom; University of Chester (University of Chicago Press, 2008-01)
      Although he criticized Barth under the enigmatic phrase “positivism of revelation,” Bonhoeffer saw Barth’s criticism of religion as “his really great merit.” In the present age in which inter-faith dialogue has become more pressing than it has perhaps ever before been, theology can at times engage in two conversations that are not only separate but at worst self‐contradictory: in its discussions with secular society, theology can engage in critical discussions about religion, drinking deeply from the well of criticism offered by the likes of Feuerbach, Nietzsche, Durkheim, and Marx; yet, in its discussions in inter‐faith settings, the danger can arise that these critiques are thrown out altogether or at least lie in abeyance.
    • Can there be theology after Darwin? The Dawkins delusion

      Greggs, Tom; University of Chester (2008-11-26)
      In a novel approach, Dr Greggs asserted that far from a foe to be combated, Dawkins’ thought was of significant benefit to theology in order to help theology recognise its true and proper object – the study of God. Comparing the use of Dawkins to the benefits theology found from engaging with Feuerbach, the lecture pointed to the need for Christian theology to carefully differentiate differing forms of knowledge, and for theology to understand its genuine role. Dr Greggs then went on to consider how theology must not (like Dawkins) confuse God with religion, and how Dawkins’ work mirrors much of 20th and 21st century theology in wishing to get rid of the deus ex machina or the ‘god of the gaps’. Where Greggs discovered a problem with Dawkins’ account, however, was with regards to its anti-pluralist intolerance, and the potential (a)theopolitical dimensions to his thinking.”
    • Confessional theology

      Greggs, Tom; University of Cambridge (2006)
    • Ever-widening circles: Karl Barth and inter-faith dialogue

      Greggs, Tom; University of Cambridge (2007)
    • Exclusivist or universalist? Origen the 'wise steward of the word' (CommRom. V.1.7) and the issue of genre

      Greggs, Tom; University of Cambridge (Blackwell, 2008-10-09)
      This article explores the issue of Origen's universalism. It identifies the two seemingly self-contradictory strands in the Origen corpus which have led to dual pictures of Origen as either an arch-universalist or an exclusivist. To make sense of this, the hermeneutical key of CommRom. V.1.7 (in which Origen states Paul covers over his universalism to be a 'wise steward of the word') is applied to Origen's own texts. Identifying the different genres in Origen's works, it is clear that different stances on universalism are taken dependent upon the genre of his work. The question is posed as to whether such a move in theology is justifiable and biblical.
    • The future of God

      Greggs, Tom; University of Cambridge (2006)
    • A giant of theology

      Greggs, Tom; University of Chester (Methodist Newspaper Company, 2008-01)
    • Irenaeus and Augustine on the problem of evil reconsidered

      Greggs, Tom (Christian Theology Trust, 2004)
    • ‘Jesus is victor’: Passing the impasse of Barth on universalism

      Greggs, Tom; University of Cambridge (Cambridge University Press, 2007-04-20)
      This article examines the question of Karl Barth's stance on universalism.
    • Legitimizing and necessitating inter-faith dialogue: The dynamics of inter-faith for individual faith communities

      Greggs, Tom; University of Chester (Brill, 2010)
      In an age in which religion is a burning issue in the geo-political sphere, the need for peoples of different religions to engage in inter-faith dialogue may seem clear; what is less clear is whether there is legitimacy for and imperative to members of individual faith communities to engage with the religious other on the exclusive grounds of their individual faith. This article thus seeks to advocate that theology done in the service of individual faiths needs as a priority to engage in legitimizing and necessitating dialogue with the religious other as the religious other. The article considers the grounds on which exclusivist religious people can undertake inter-faith dialogue. Looking to the need to attend to particularity and the genuine otherness of the religious other, the article advocates that faiths should begin to understand what it is internal to their traditions that makes inter-faith dialogue a necessity for intense and particular religious self-identity. Members of faith communities need to be legitimated on terms internal to their community and by leaders of their community to engage in dialogue with the other: they need to know not only how to engage with the other but also why to engage with the other. Considering the particular tradition of Christianity, the article attends to these themes by seeking hints from scripture and Christ regarding why a Christian should engage with the religious other in order to be more intensely Christian.
    • The Lord of all: Rediscovering the Christian doctrine of providence for the world

      Greggs, Tom; University of Chester (2011-06-23)
      This book chapter discusses the Christian doctrine of providence and suggests that a deeper understanding of this will lead to a greater appreciation of the universality of God's grace. This is discussed within the context of the work of Karl Barth.
    • The many names of Christ in wisdom: Reading Scripture with Origen for a diverse world

      Greggs, Tom; University of Chester (2008-07)
      This article discusses Origen's belief that the the plurality of names and titles of Christ demonstrates that one should recognise that the full diversity of the world must be taken seriously within God's plan of salvation: the universality of the One who will be "all in all" is not such that it destroys particularity; rather it is a universality which is brought about through a recognition of God's willingness to be involved in the various particularities of creation through the person and work of his Son. The article seeks to outline Origen's teaching on the many titles (or epinoiai) of Christ in Scripture, and then apply this teaching to contemporary theological concerns.
    • Origen - exclusivist or universalist?

      Greggs, Tom; University of Cambridge (2006)
    • Origen on the epinoiai

      Greggs, Tom; University of Cambridge (2007)