Four Views on Hell

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Zondervan Academic, Aug 10, 2010 - Religion - 192 pages

Most contemporary Christians acknowledge the doctrine of hell, but they’d rather not think about how God punishes the wicked. The authors of Four Views on Hell meet this subject head-on with different views on what the Scriptures say. Is hell to be understood literally as a place of eternal smoke and flames? Or are such images simply metaphors for a real but different form of punishment? Is there such a thing as “conditional immortality,” in which God annihilates the souls of the wicked rather than punishing them endlessly? Is there a Purgatory, and if so, how does it fit into the picture? The interactive Counterpoints forum allows the reader to see the four views on hell—literal, metaphorical, conditional, and purgatorial—in interaction with each other. Each view in turn is presented, critiqued, and defended. This evenhanded approach is ideal for comparing and contrasting views in order to form a personal conclusion about one of Christianity’s key doctrines. The Counterpoints series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians. Counterpoints books address two categories: Church Life and Bible and Theology. Complete your library with other books in the Counterpoints series.


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This book is very excellent, Especially, Author Clark Pinnock introduction Annihilationism that is very clear and encourage this doctrine is correct than traditional doctrine of eternal punishment ... Read full review

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As I read through this book, there were times when I wanted to throw up. Clark Pinnkock (Annihilationist) ruins this book by uttering numerous blasphemies, claiming how sadistic and cruel God is if ... Read full review


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John F. Walvoord was president of Dallas Theological Seminary and author of numerous books on eschatology and theology. He held the A.M. degree from Texas Christian University in philosophy and the ThD degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in Systematic Theology.

Zachary J. Hayes is a retired teacher of theology at the Catholic Theological Union.

Clark H. Pinnockwas professor of theology at McMaster Divinity College.

William Crockett is professor of New Testament at Alliance Theological Seminary.

Stanley N. Gundry is executive vice president and editor-in-chief for the Zondervan Corporation. He has been an influential figure in the Evangelical Theological Society, serving as president of ETS and on its executive committee, and is adjunct professor of Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is the author of seven books and has written many articles appearing in popular and academic periodicals.

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