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Two Views of Hell: A Biblical & Theological Dialogue

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Hell is real and terrible. It is the fate of those who reject God. Evangelicals agree about this unhappy truth. Yet on some questions about hell disagreements arise. Some evangelicals believe the wicked will experience perpetual, conscious torment after death. Others argue that the wicked will experience a limited period of conscious punishment and then they will cease to ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published April 10th 2000 by IVP Academic (first published January 1st 2000)
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Nicholas Ahern
Helpful to a point. I think having two biblical scholars or two systematic theologians duke it out would be more advantageous in the future, as both gentlemen seem to speak and argue past each other. Fudge has, I think, shown fairly clearly that the traditional doctrine of eternal torment is quite lacking, and annihilationism (also called conditionalism or conditional immortality) has the upper hand exegetically. However, from a systematics standpoint (which is where many people begin), conditio ...more
What a heavy and interesting read. Absolutely infuriating at times, and yet I feel edified coming out of it.

Edward Fudge, who believes that the unsaved will be punished and then annihilated rather than tortured in Hell forever, gets the first argument. He is a "conditionalist," also known as an "annihilationist." His argument is poorly organized and hard to follow, but also very convincing if you can keep everything in your mind all at once. His main argument is that where the Bible talks of "ev
Quite disappointing. What Fudge had to say was interesting, especially his suggestion that when the Bible uses the terms 'die', 'perish' and 'destroy', it means precisely that. However, I personally found his explanations of other passages that more explicitly refer to eternal punishment unconvincing. For his part, Peterson was thoroughly disappointing. To begin with, he rooted a substantial portion of his thesis in the tradition if the Church, which is always unattractive from a Protestant. The ...more
I'm not sure I finished this, because I think I was too scared to read Peterson's pro-eternal-punishment Hell position. I mostly just wanted more convincing that, if Hell had to exist, based upon my limited Biblical understanding, at least it could be conditional! Which argument was somewhat, I'm emphasizing somewhat, convincing.
Danielle W
A bit wordy. Good to read and then go back and study the scriptures for yourself.
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