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How many heavens are there---and how many hells? The original biblical languages use several words for heaven and hell that mean different things. And to make matters still more interesting, other religions and philosophies have contributed their own ideas to the mix until it's hard to separate reality from speculation, falsehood, and folklore. Sense and Nonsense about Heaven and Hell helps you cut through the clutter to see what the Bible really reveals about heaven and hell, salvation and judgment. Learn about * Jesus: the only means of understanding heaven or hell * different biblical words for heaven and hell * the fires of hell: literal or figurative? * why hell has no exit doors * what we can and can't know about heaven * God's judgment: who will go where, and why Get ready for some surprises. This book will help you set aside your preconceptions and pierce through the myths and misinformation to gain an accurate, truly biblical perspective on heaven and hell.

About the Author

Ken Boa (PhD, New York University; DPhil, University of Oxford) is the president of Reflections Ministries and Trinity House Publishers. His recent publications include Conformed to His Image, Face to Face, Pursuing Wisdom, The Art of Living Well, Wisdom at Work, Living What You Believe, and Sacred Readings.

Robert M. Bowman, Jr., has a BA from California State University, a master’s in Biblical Studies and Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and is currently a PhD candidate at Westminster Theological Seminary. He’s held various university and college teaching positions in the area of theology, world religions, philosophy and New Testament history. Robert has served as editor at the Christian Research Institute and written many articles published in periodicals such as the Christian Research Journal. In addition, he has authored many books, including 20 Evidences that God Exists. He, and his wife Catherine, have two boys and two girls.
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Product Details

  • Series: Sense and Nonsense (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (July 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310254280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310254287
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Kenneth Boa is president of Reflections Ministries and of Trinity House Publishers. Ken holds a B.S. from Case Institute of Technology, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. from New York University, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in England. He is the author of over 50 books, including "Conformed to His Image, An Unchanging Faith in a Changing World," and "Faith Has Its Reasons." Ken and his wife live in Atlanta, Georgia.

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I am a conservative Christian who did his own study on the Biblical view of Hell. I had come to the tentative conclusion that Jesus taught a certain type of Annihilationism (specifically, that those not forgiven of their sins by Jesus went to Hell for a finite period of time, the length dependant upon the severity of their sins, and then simply ceased to exist). I had read multiple books on the subject, and presented my view to multiple scholars. But it was not until I read this book that I was convinced of the faults of my view. They addressed every single one of my objections to the eternity of Hell in a very clear manner. Formal theological education is not necessary to easily follow the arguments in the book. I highly recommend it to anyone who struggles with questions regarding the Biblical view of Heaven and Hell.
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Although this book is fairly small (199 pages), it is packed full of information on the topics of Heaven and Hell.

There is substantial confusion even among Christians about these topics. Part of that is undoubtedly due to the translation of several Greek words into just two words in English language Bibles. This causes frequent misunderstandings. One example is the word 'Hades', which is routinely represented as 'Hell'. The authors show why this should not be the case and clarify meanings.

Dr. Kenneth Boa and Robert Bowman Jr. clear up much of the confusion by reviewing what the Scriptures actually say about these subjects. They do it in a way that is easily understandable by lay people. This enlightening study is balanced and very well done.

It is well worth getting for anyone who would like increased understanding in this area.
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It was factual and laid out different views if that is what you are looking for.
It didn't help me personally since it felt disjointed and disconnected on the reality of hell. It lays out the facts but doesn't speak into how to navigate it. It is like saying a baby is being tortured while having no emotion. Just the facts ma'am.
I want to know how God is so extravagant in grace, and also so completely wrathful (just). I want to deal with my faith and how i am drifting from God because of eternal punishment. I want perspective on how to navigate this and how to lead others.
I guess I need a shepherd more than a professor.
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With so many nonsense books about heaven and hell filling Christian bookshelves, there is greater need, now more than ever, for sound biblical works that address these critical-to-the-soul topics. Published in 2007, Sense and Nonsense about Heaven and Hell meets this need with an ageless quality. This review may be eight years late, but the importance of this book endures.

Ken Boa and Robert Bowman are both known primarily as Christian apologists. They have authored several books together (like Faith Has Its Reasons and 20 Compelling Evidence that God Exists), and as a team they have contributed greatly to the intellectual health of Christianity.

I enjoy reading apologists, because the nature of their work requires them to have a working expertise about many fields (theology, philosophy, the various natural sciences, etc.) and how these various spheres of knowledge intersect. In the book under review, Boa and Bowman reveal their high level of competency in biblical studies, textual criticism, hermeneutics, theology, and in other areas, all the while defending the faith against the heresies of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and other aberrant groups and theological positions.

While the topic of the book is plain in the title, Boa and Bowman unpack a great deal more than what the Bible teaches about Heaven and Hell. Among other issues, they also focus on death itself, the nature of a soul, the nature of the intermediate state, the physical resurrection of the body, the salvation of those who die as infants, the salvation of people who are mentally disabled, and the salvation of those who have never heard of Christ (exclusivism versus inclusivism).

Though heavy on Scripture analysis and theological pondering, the book is not dull in the least.
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This book goes through the popular misconceptions about heaven and hell and then it gives the truth from the Bible.
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