How Many People Are Saved?

Andrew turns to Matt and Derek for help with a theological conundrum: what are the implications of saying either that the saved will be many or few?

A conundrum has been bothering Andrew: If you say that few people are saved, that raises certain theological problems, but if you say that many people are saved, that raises other theological problems. But this is what Mere Fidelity is for: tackling the tough questions that others avoid. Matt doesn’t think this is the right question to be asking, but you’ll be interested to hear where he ends up. And Derek coins a unique word.

Links mentioned:

Hymn: “There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy

Tim Keller on Mere Fidelity

Peter Kreeft

Augustine’s Expositions on the Psalms

David Bentley Hart

The Westminster Confession of Faith

Herman Bavinck

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The Relevance of the Question
Kreeftily Dodging the Question
Pulled in Two Directions
True Confessions
The Westminster Confession
The "Reverse Abraham"
Why is it so difficult to believe?

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