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Razing Hell: Rethinking Everything You've Been Taught about God's Wrath and Judgment Paperback – August 23, 2010
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"This should be a useful book for Christians struggling to reconcile JesusÂ' sacrifice and a loving God with the place of punishment and the necessity for justice."--Publishers Weekly, Religion Bookline, June 30, 2010
"A lively, thoughtful and accessible rethinking of one of the most disturbing notions in Christian theology, the prospect of eternal damnation. Put this book on your 'must read' list." John D. Caputo, Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University
"What I tried to do in my book The Last Word and the Word After That, Sharon Baker has done in Razing Hell - with more brevity, more levity, and probably with more clarity and accessibility too. Highly recommended." Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity (brianmclaren.net)
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If one reads Razing Hell carefully and with any shred of theological knowledge, it is obvious that Baker DOES hold to a sacrificial view of Jesus' death on the cross (while at the same time effectively critiquing penal and satisfaction models of atonement).Read more ›
Baker has solved the problem of theodicy. (See especially 145-148.) That is a criticism. Leibniz, who coined the term "theodicy" 301 years ago brought into sharp focus the Gordian knot of how God's love, justice, and power relate, but the trilemma is as old as Job. God tells Job that God's ways are beyond knowing. The best that Leibniz can say is that we live in the "best of all possible worlds." Baker does Leibniz one better. She has cut the knot as follows: God is love, so God's justice must be restorative, not retributive. To quote Baker, she offers "a more hospitable hell" (164).
A more hospitable hell?!
Baker's hell actually looks like the Catholic purgatory, a tradition of "cleansing fire" which tradition extends at least 1500 years from Pope Gregory the Great to this past January 12th with Pope Benedict XVI, if not all the way back to I Corinthians 3:10-15. As C. S.Read more ›
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This is a very serious book about a very serious subject. It is written in a conversational form with little "technical" terms. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ronald Harrell
Another great book from Sharon Baker I highly recommend this title...StuartPublished 6 months ago by Stuart M. Cathcart
A refreshing look at this topic. I wonder how well her arguments would stand up against peer review, however she makes some good points and arguments.Published 8 months ago by Ken Cooper
I wish I had this book when I first started ministry in 1998... I would have given it it for free! This is an easy read with weight & lasting value. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ryan Miller
If you have been questioning the idea of "eternal conscious torment" in hell expressed in the Statements of Faith adopted by most Evangelical churches, then this book... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jonathan Blocher
Baker takes a careful, thoughtful look at our traditional ideas of hell and what those ideas mean for our images of God. Read morePublished 11 months ago by NanaDew
Concise, clear, informative, reassuring, and to the point. Dr. Baker is a real bad ass theologian-debunking the usual fearful conservative model.Published 13 months ago by Kelly Cummings
Straight forward, logical and thorough exegesis. A compelling, refreshing study of God's love, for all.Published 19 months ago by John L Merritt