The way it was presented painted a picture of both a god and a saved people who rejoice over, and find glory in the eternal torment of the lost, and a god who needs to witness eternal torture in order to feel glorified and powerful. Pinnock does not provide adequate exegetical support for his contentions. I see the contribution of this volume encouraging positive change within that reality, and I am confident that the interaction that is presented therein will do well to guide that process towards a productive endthe reading and evaluation of the Scriptures. The four authors namely William Crockett, John F. He accuses traditionalists of holding an unbiblical anthropology, by posting immortality of the soul based on Greek belief.
If the goal was to provide those who subscribe to differing views with a primer to a different point of view then this too was achieved. Eventually, when I started to think about it, in the midst of questioning lots of beliefs I had been taught, I realized that unending painful punishment seems unjust. Although some may balk at the thought of bringing theological assumptions into the text, for each author, their view of God is established by their exegesis of other parts of Scripture. That is, all theologians have emotions and are completely unable to lay them aside when it comes to exegeting Scripture. Just based on piling up the most scriptures, this argument is strong.
This naturally leads to examining the scriptural evidence for each view and how the author interprets it. He even spends a significant portion of his argument confronting his different hermeneutical and theological method. I wish he would have dealt more with some of the texts used for the traditional belief about hell. He argues that it is like the Trinity, something that is not named, but is easily inferred from the texts, but he simply doesn't present any real scriptures that would suggest its existence. How very true that statement is! No one believes that a literal beast with seven heads and ten horns will literally arise out of the Mediterranean Sea any time soon! Those who are reject Christ will suffer eternally in hell. Stackhouse's arguments were quite interesting.
Burk does well in grounding the traditional view in Scripture and spend the majority of the essay making exegetical observations of the key passages. Represented in the book are the literal, metaphorical, purgatorial, and conditional views of hell. Nothing we can do, or suffer, will ever take away the stain of the inborn sin nature except receiving via faith what God in flesh - Christ - has done for us. This renewed interest, however, has not simply been a revival in the old conventional belief in Hell as a place of eternal conscious torment but has witnessed an increased acceptance of views that were once considered to be relatively fringe such as Annihilationism and Universalism. I was not required to write a positive review. Even Walls doesn't go as far as to say they actually teach any sort of purgatory. This second edition of Four Views on Hell, featuring all new contributors, highlights why the church still needs to wrestle with the doctrine of hell.
All authors believe that hell is real, that it is punishment, and that it is the place that those whom die without the knowledge of Christ are destined to go. The Four View On Hell will most certainly educate those that seek knowledge, and inspire hours of conversation and Scripture study. I enjoyed the context I read it small discussion group. In the early church, Origen, Clement of Alexandria, Gregory of Nyssa, and a multitude of others believed the fires of hell were in some sense remedial Many early Greek theologians actually believed in universal restoration, that everyone would be saved. It is a place where saved people go before they are ready for heaven.
After sharing a brief parable illustrating the seriousness of sin being measured 'by the value of the one sin against,' Burke makes the biblical case for hell as eternal conscious torment 19 based on ten foundational passages drawn from both testaments. He argues Christians should not build their theology of hell around visceral and emotional responses, but exclusively on the biblical text that he says overwhelmingly affirms the traditional view. Crockett believes the authors of the New Testament wrote in much the same vein. Anticipating the slippery slope, Crockett also handles annihilationism in a rather decisive manner. They sound like teenagers having a chat about the Bible in their local Bible study group.
Christians do not prefer to advocate and have a word about the phenomenon of the hell. But I needed an accessible book on annihilationism and I'm glad I did. This book really triggers my excitement to learn more on the subject. His opening parable is entirely bizarre, and frankly disturbing. Well, really it is three views of hell, and another who goes on a tangent. Hell is distasteful and unpopular but it is undeniably real.
More recently, the church has returned to a more symbolic interpretation. Jerry Walls, Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University, assumes a traditional view of hell but also holds that Christians will undergo a time of sanctification after death and before being resurrected. Introduction: The book Four Views on Hell addresses the question what actually could happen to a wicked man in the hell. But it is a biblical topic that must be studied so we can have intelligent conversations about our varying beliefs. The tradition of Catholicism speaks volumes in a belief that there is a purification stage for believers, not unbelievers, before they move on to Heaven. As with the other books of the series, we find a presentation of the current views on just what hell is.