Trying to Air Condition Hell

Is Hell Real? Hell Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents Eternal Punishment


Hell Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents Eternal Punishment

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This book, Hell Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents Eternal Punishment,  provides a biblical, systematic, and practical theology of  hell. The contributors to this volume unite in affirming the historic  Christian doctrine regarding the final destiny of the unsaved: They will  suffer everlasting conscious punishment away from the joyous presence  of God.

Of all the teachings of Christianity, the doctrine of hell is easily  the most troubling, so much so that in recent years the church has been  quietly tucking it away. Rarely mentioned anymore in the pulpit, it has  faded through disuse among evangelicals and been attacked by liberal  theologians. Hell is no longer only the target of those outside the  church. Today, a disturbing number of professing Christians question it  as well. Perhaps more than at any other time in history, hell is under  fire.

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The implications of the historic view of hell make the popular  alternatives, annihilationism and universalism, seem extremely  appealing. But the bottom line is still God’s Word. What does the Old  Testament reveal about hell? What does Paul the apostle have to say, or  the book of Revelation? Most important, what does Jesus, the ultimate  expression of God’s love, teach us about God’s wrath?

Upholding the authority of Scripture, the different authors in Hell  Under Fire explore a complex topic from various angles. R. Albert Mohler  Jr. provides a historical, theological, and cultural overview of “The  Disappearance of Hell.” Christopher Morgan draws on the New Testament to  offer three pictures of hell as punishment, destruction, and  banishment. J. I. Packer compares universalism with the traditional  understanding of hell, Morgan does the same with annihilationism, and  Sinclair Ferguson considers how the reality of hell ought to influence  preaching. These examples offer some idea of this volume’s scope and  thoroughness.

Hell may be under fire, but its own flames cannot be quenched by  popular opinion. This book helps us gain a biblical perspective on what  hell is and why we cannot afford to ignore it. And it offers us a better  understanding of the One who longs for all people to escape judgment  and obtain eternal life through Jesus Christ.

This book contains essays by R. Albert Mohler Jr., Daniel Block,  Robert Yarbrough, Douglas Moo, Gregory Beale, Christopher Morgan, Robert  Peterson, J. I. Packer, Sinclair Ferguson.

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