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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 hellliteral, metaphorical, conditional, and purgatorialin 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 Christianitys 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 Exploring Theology. Complete your library with other books in the Counterpoints series.
This book accomplishes its objective of presenting four differing views on hell.
While all four views are well represented, none of the apologists' arguments seems strong enough to change opinions already formed by their readers.
This is based mostly on philosophy and a dissatisfaction with the conflict between God's infinite mercy and love with eternal torment.
If you want to start studying the doctrine of Hell, this is a great book for you! This gives you four different interpretations on the nature of Hell by today's biblical scholars. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Matt
The "Four Views" series is a great series for anyone looking to explore a theological concept with intellectual honesty. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matt
Clark Pinnock's contribution (annihilationism/conditional immortality) is worth the price alone. This book was put together in the mid-1990's, and the annihilationist position has... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Maverick
I had to read this book for a theology class and respond to it via a somewhat long essay. The way the book has been done is very helpful. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book gives four different views with Scripture and reasoning on hell. This was very helpful in my research on the topic of hell. Read morePublished 11 months ago by busyinbville
In this 1992 book, the four viewpoints are represented by John Walvoord (Literal), William Crockett (Metaphorical), Zachary Hayes (Purgatorial), and Clark Pinnock (Conditional). Read morePublished 15 months ago by Steven H Propp
Four Views on Hell, as the title implies presents the views of four systematic theologians and their personal understanding on hell. Read morePublished 19 months ago by A Reader Living In Asia
This is a great book for those interested in a general understaning of the four primary views on hell: literal, metaphorical, purgatorial, and conditional view. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Alfonso Gilbert