Four Views on Hell

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Zondervan, 1996 - Religion - 190 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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User Review  - stephen - Christianbook.com

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

User Review  - Jeremy Gardiner - Christianbook.com

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

Contents

Foreword
7
THE METAPHORICAL VIEW
43
THE PURGATORIAL VIEW
91
THE CONDITIONAL VIEW
135
General Index
179
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William Crockett is professor of New Testament at Alliance Theological Seminary.

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