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"As more and more people open their minds to rethink the doctrine of final punishment, this book will be a valuable resource and reference. I wish it had been available when I did my own research. This volume is extensive, inclusive, and impressive in scope and approach. I am delighted to endorse it! A book for our time, it should enjoy great success."
--Edward Fudge, author of The Fire That Consumes
"This volume is to be welcomed and recommended for its usefulness in gathering together some of the most significant contributions from leading scholars and preachers who question whether the eternal conscious punishment of the wicked is a correct interpretation of the biblical teaching."
--I. Howard Marshall, Professor Emeritus of New Testament, University of Aberdeen, Scotland
Christopher M. Date is the principal blogger and podcaster of the Rethinking Hell project and works as a software engineer in the Pacific Northwest. Gregory G.
In this inaugural debate to the “Essential Christian Debates” series, Christopher M. Date and Gil VanOrder Jr. examine the biblical teaching and philosophical implications of individual predestination to salvation. Does the Calvinistic position, as taught, render God a moral monster? Conversely, would the Arminian position logically lead one to pray like the Pharisee, “God, I thank you that I am not like other men?” A Calvinist and an Arminian tackle these pressing questions, among others, and explore a number of key biblical teachings, taking us beyond the caricatures of each position. This debate is for both beginning and experienced students of Scripture and provides an indispensible resource on a controversial topic hotly debated within the church for centuries.
Jesus of Nazareth long ago asked his disciples this crucial question, and it remains a relevant one every person must answer today. In this essential debate on an all-important topic, two contributors offer competing views on who Jesus is.
Combining first-rate Christian scholarship with uncommon readability, this debate offers a treasure trove of biblical, philosophical, and patristic arguments regarding the person of Jesus. Reading this book will challenge you intellectually and nourish you spiritually, deepening your understanding of the most intriguing man who has ever lived. Be prepared to be informed.
In July 2014, Christians from around the world gathered at the inaugural Rethinking Hell conference, to celebrate Fudge's life and work and to discuss the nature of hell in an open and respectful forum. This volume contains most of the essays presented at that conference, and several others volunteered by conditionalists since then, as a gift to Fudge for the tremendous impact he has had on them, and for the continued work he does for God's kingdom.
"This new set of essays on the topic of hell's duration is a valuable contribution to the ongoing discussion on this important topic . . . What we have here is not a bunch of hobbyhorse theologians sitting around agreeing with each other, but a group of astute pastors and scholars wrestling with what God's inspired word says about hell. I commend this book to anyone who is wrestling with the topic of God's future judgment."
--Preston Sprinkle, Vice President for Eternity Bible College's Boise extension, coauthor of Erasing Hell and People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue
"This excellent collection of compelling essays is not only a fitting tribute to the lifelong passion and work of a great scholar; it's a superb opportunity for readers to be relieved of the onerous weight of believing our loving Creator vengefully consigns people to an unending nightmare from which they will never awake. If you share this traditional view of hell, please do yourself a favor and devour this work!"
--Gregory A. Boyd, President of Reknew.org and author of Benefit of the Doubt: Breaking the Idol of Certainty
"This is a dangerous book. These eminently readable essays--by turns personal, exegetical, theological, and historical--have the potential to change the minds and hearts of the contemporary church on the question of final judgment. Read at your own risk!"
--J. Richard Middleton, Professor of Biblical Worldview and Exegesis, Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College and author of A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology
Christopher M. Date is the editor of Rethinking Hell: Readings in Evangelical Conditionalism (2014), and blogs and podcasts for the Rethinking Hell project. He works as a software engineer in the Pacific Northwest.
Ron Highfield is Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He is the author of The Faithful Creator: Affirming Creation and Providence in an Age of Anxiety (2015).