The implications of the historic view of hell make the popular alternatives, annihilationism and universalism, seem extremely appealing. But the bottom line is still Gods Word. What does the Old Testament reveal about hell? What does Paul the apostle have to say, or the book of Revelation? Most important, what does Jesus, the ultimate expression of Gods love, teach us about Gods wrath?
Upholding the authority of Scripture, the different authors in Hell Under Fire explore a complex topic from various angles. R. Albert Mohler Jr. provides a historical, theological, and cultural overview of "The Disappearance of Hell." Christopher Morgan draws on the New Testament to offer three pictures of hell as punishment, destruction, and banishment. J. I. Packer compares universalism with the traditional understanding of hell, Morgan does the same with annihilationism, and Sinclair Ferguson considers how the reality of hell ought to influence preaching. These examples offer some idea of this volumes scope and thoroughness.
Hell may be under fire, but its own flames cannot be quenched by popular opinion. This book helps us gain a biblical perspective on what hell is and why we cannot afford to ignore it. And it offers us a better understanding of the One who longs for all people to escape judgment and obtain eternal life through Jesus Christ.
Daniel I. Block (D.Phil, University of Liverpool) is Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College.
R. Albert Mohler, Jr. (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), is president and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Words from the Fire: Hearing the Voice of God in the 10 Commandments, and is a contributor to Is Hell for Real: Or Does Everyone Go to Heaven?
I understand his space was limited, but that, I believe, is a major problem with books such as this.
Robert A. Peterson's book, "Hell on Trial: The Case for Eternal Punishment" is a very thorough examination of the doctrine of Hell.
While strongly defending the traditional view, this collection also gives a fair treatment to the opposing view.
A very good defense of the historic Christian view against modern liberal views on the subject of Hell. I would definitely recommend this as a good read.Published 1 month ago by D Petterson
I am doing a comprehensive review of this book on my blog [...] These paragraphs are the first parts of that ongoing series. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Craig P. Schmidt
If these modern Christian scholars (and publishers) would have only had in mind the Augustinian era up to our postmodern day of the institutional and mainly (pagan) traditionally... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Yong Chun
This 2004 book presents ten essays on a wide variety of topics related to the doctrine of endless punishment; e.g., Universalism, annihilationism, etc. Read morePublished on May 25, 2012 by Steven H Propp
If you pay attention to them, the very combination of the words `hell under fire` should make you pause and think. Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by Life Long Reader
While it is true that a fair share of the anti hell revisionists are of the kinder gentler sort, in researching this topic for myself I have also found that there has been... Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by Barking Dog
A thorough and to the point examination of the issue of life after death in relation to Hell and why a Just and loving God would not only create such a place but why there must be... Read morePublished on August 2, 2011 by Mike
I'll tell you. You have to read these books. Hell sells... so don't knock it. Wait until you see my book on Hell.Published on July 28, 2011 by Bob Todd
This is written as a series of scholarly papers, but is very readable by the layperson. It is very comprehensive and Biblically based, and I believe is well balanced on all sides... Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by scifi fan by the shore