I am not putting this in the book thread because that is a fellowship thread and this would be seen as stirring things up. I posted a link there several weeks ago to my article on The Shack but couldn't really discuss it. (The thread is gone now). Here is an article by James B. De Young, someone who has known William P. Young, the author of The Shack, for over 12 years, and he says that Young became a Universalist about 4 yrs. ago. Young does believe you need Christ to get into heaven but he believes eventually everyone will be reconciled and believe. The author calls this Chrisitan Universalism. (Don't get De Young and Young mixed up! The names are so close). http://theshackreview.com/content/TheShackShorterReview.pdf This can be seen in a subtle way in the book, which was something that bothered me (among other things). De Young says that more universalism was originally in the book but that the editors took it out. The book was rejected by quite a few publishers at first (perhaps because of this?). I have not finished reading the article yet but it's good so far.