"Two Views of Hell" is a
fascinating dialog of two theologians arguing from two different
perspectives of the nature and duration of hell punishment. Robert
Peterson argues from the "traditionalist" view, that hell
as taught in Scripture is that of a conscience, eternal punishment,
whereas Edward Fudge argues for what is called the "annihilation"
view, which is the view that the sinner in hell encounters a final
destruction. I was curious to read this title as, until now all I've
really known about annihilation is from certain fringe voices like
theologian John Stott (as well as certain cults), but never really in
mainstream evangelical Christianity. Fudge does a considerably good
job of arguing for annihilation from the strength of Scripture, and
Peterson offers equally good counter-arguments to Fudge's position.
Both men make strong appeals to Scripture, and church tradition when
relevant, and I found both sides of the argument to be compelling.
Historically I've enjoyed a number of "different
viewpoints"-type of theology books in the
arguments/counter-arguments format, and this particular work on the
topic of hell does a fascinating job of exploring the different views
while being ground in Scripture and not sentimentalism or anything
like that. Both men agree that there is a specific doctrine of hell
as taught in Scripture, but the eternal nature of it can be open to
debate. This is worth checking out.
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