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Two Views of Hell: A Biblical & Theological Dialogue

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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 May 10th 2000 by IVP Academic (first published January 1st 2000)
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Tyler Eason
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Both authors often spoke past one another, which made this book less helpful than it could have been. Their responses to one another seemed overly personal and juvenile. Fudge had a kinder tone because he used more subtle putdowns than Peterson.
Nicholas Quient
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
Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: theology
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
Cayla Pruett
Nov 26, 2015 rated it liked it
In perfect transparency, this book was extremely difficult for me to read. I quite literally renewed it from the library roughly 5 times because I crept along so slowly through it.

In my personal opinion, I found Fudge much easier to read than Peterson, largely due to his clearer writing style. Peterson was difficult to get through for a number of reasons: for one thing, it's just difficult to dwell on the idea of eternal conscious torment (the view Peterson defends) no matter where you land on
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 05, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2006, nonfiction
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
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
A bit wordy. Good to read and then go back and study the scriptures for yourself.
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