Indeed, the only part of his theory that is somewhat unique is the weakest part of the theory, in my opinion. Reconciled but banished? Saved FROM wrath but not saved TO anything?Paidion wrote:Charles' position is that, though reconciled, they will be banished forever from the presence of Christ and the saints. That position is contrary to that of ANY universalist.
To me, it's a merger of eternal torment and universal reconciliation. Indeed, it is seemingly exactly half-way between those two views in that it posits a group of people that aren't in torment but also aren't in glory. They are in a worse state that heaven, but not as bad a state as hell. It is almost the dictionary definition of a merger b/w those 2 views.
It may be more common, when attempting to merge these 2 views, to theorize everlasting torment going on alongside the possibility for full reconciliation (thus affirming the reality of both of the views). He has simply found a more creative way to merge them that attempts to avoid being labeled in a particular camp.