After spending some time with Gavin D’Costa’s Christianity and World Religions, I picked up a copy of von Balthasar’s Dare We Hope “That All Men Be Saved”? (instead of buying Rob Bell’s book). I was moved by the epigraph:

“Too often we think of hope in too individualistic a manner as merely our personal salvation. But hope essentially bears on the great actions of God concerning the whole of creation. It bears on the destiny of all humanity. It is the salvation of the world that we await. In reality hope bears on the salvation of all men – and it it only in the measure that I am immersed in them that it bears on me.”

~ Jean Danielou, S.J., Essai sur le mystere de l’histoire