About

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I am a perpetual student – I started tertiary studies when I was 15 and I have more or less been studying undergraduate coursework at university ever since, with some brief breaks for full time work. Working in the secular world never appealed to me and has always seemed entirely depressing, so I have decided to pursue seminary studies and become a priest. God willing, I should be preaching, hearing confessions and saying mass some time within the next 10 years.

In mid 2012 I became a Christian. Some day I will write up the story of how this came to be, but suffice to say it was an explosive conversion. I started out as a staunch agnostic/atheist and 12 hours later I had completely transformed into a zealous Christian, utterly obsessed with reading the bible and mining it for all of it’s spiritual treasures. In December 2014 I reverted to the Catholic faith that I had been baptised into when I was 10. This conversion was far more intellectual; I had many deep and important questions surrounding the bible which the Protestant community were simply unable to answer to my satisfaction. In early 2016, after much reading, praying and thinking, I found myself overcome by the Universalist hope. I remember sitting up in bed late one night and thinking to myself “Oh my God, I actually believe this”; it was as if I had been slowly accruing metallic attachments to my body over time and then the lightning had finally struck. It was a very exciting moment. Hopefully through this blog I am able to share some of the joy that comes from understanding the true Gospel; the good news of universal salvation.

I have a deep love for philosophy and theology from all religious traditions. However since becoming a Universalist I have rapidly lost patience with anyone who claims that God can allow people to be damned, or actively send people to Hell, and yet still be a powerful and loving God. I consider the majority of Calvinists and Muslims to be anonymous Satanists, as they believe in double predestination or some doctrine of “passing over” which boils down to pretty much the same thing. With that said I do still have great respect for the essential concerns of Islam and Calvinism, and I find average Muslims and Calvinists to be wonderful people and great fun to talk to.

Why do I write this blog? Mainly because it keeps me sane. It also forces me to formulate my ideas in a presentable, logical way. This blog therefore serves as a public journal which records my thinking on various theological topics. I write mainly for my own benefit, and I therefore have absolutely no interest in citing bible passages, church fathers or the catechism to back up everything that I say. Some of what I write will be obscure and original. If you find it helpful, thanks be to God.

Alexander Herlihy

the ZERO iron ZERO knuckle AT gmail DOT com

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