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What do the Scriptures say hell is? John Walvoord argues that it is a literal place of smoke and flames. William Crockett defends a metaphorical view, punishment but not necessarily literal fire. Clark Pinnock presents conditional immortality - punishment but not forever. And Zachary Hayes explains the concept of purgatory.
Most contemporary Christians acknowledge the doctrine of hell, but theyd 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 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.See all Editorial Reviews
The presentation of the "terminal" view, as opposed to the "traditional" (whether metaphorical or actual) and the "purgatorial" views, was compelling.Published 1 month ago by Bill Harris
I'm still working my way through this book, but I can say that this is sound reading for anyone serious about the subject. It's a sobering read regardless of your POV. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sha
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 8 months ago by Matt
The "Four Views" series is a great series for anyone looking to explore a theological concept with intellectual honesty. Read morePublished 11 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 15 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 20 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 20 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 23 months ago by Steven H Propp