Post tagged with hell
September 09th, 201107:06 PM ETHell. It had to come up sooner or later. And it takes center stage in Keith Parson's contribution to The End of Christianity, chapter 10, "Hell: Christianity's Most Damnable Doctrine". I took away one important lesson from this chapter: Keith Parsons doesn't like Dick Cheney or Sarah Palin. In fact, I thought these were the two best lines in the e...
June 08th, 201109:43 PM ETIn case you've been thinking about hell a lot lately, or even if you haven't, have I got a rather sobering treat for you. Today I am making available for you free of charge a thirty-three page chapter I wrote on the doctrine of hell for a book manuscript called The Crazy Things We Believe. Thus far I've written three of an anticipated seven chapter...
June 07th, 201111:27 AM ET"Irresistible force used by God on his free creatures would be a violation of both the charity of God and the dignity of humans. God is love. True love never forces itself on anyone. Forced love is rape, and God is not a divine rapist!" (Norman Geisler, "God knows all Things," Predestination and Free Will, (ed.) David Basinger and Randall Basinger ...
June 06th, 201109:57 AM ETMany good conversations were had over my four days at Notre Dame University. One of the more interesting conversations occurred with one particular philosopher and concerned the topic of hell. (The philosopher will remain nameless since it is awkward to begin contacting people and asking for their permission to use their name in a blog post based o...
May 18th, 201109:52 AM ETAbout a month ago I gave a speech at a public function. At one point in the speech I mentioned the catalogue of saints that have come before us and who even now labor shoulder to shoulder with us. Among those individuals I mentioned people like the Apostle Paul, Augustine of Hippo, Catherine of Siena, and (in our own day) Desmond Tutu. Apparently t...
April 01st, 201106:42 PM ETThere is a popular idea among Christians that there is some age of accountability before which point a person who dies without having made a cognitive confession of faith in Christ still gets to go to heaven. But after that point failure to pray the appropriate prayer will result in eternal damnation. Here's an illustration to illumine one problem...
February 19th, 201107:44 PM ETToday's blog is brought to you courtesy of my book Faith Lacking Understanding. More specifically, it is excerpted from the beginning of the chapter on the doctrine of hell. The passage includes a great quote from Robert Ingersoll, a skeptic of the nineteenth century who was confounding good midwestern American Christians on the whistlestop tour wh...
February 18th, 201108:24 PM ETIn "Does universalism have a chance in hell of being true?" I argued that there is indeed a case to be made for universalism just like there is a case to be made for Calvinism and Arminianism. It may not be as strong a case, but there is a case to be made. This means that even if a Christian is not a universalist (as I am not), they nonetheless oug...
February 16th, 201109:04 AM ETWhen presented the opportunity of going to heaven in a recent discussion on the blog Brap Gronk replied "Can I opt out? I've never seen a description of heaven that appealed to me." BG's not alone. Billy Joel sang basically the same thing in "Only the Good Die Young": They say there's a heaven for those who will waitSome say it's better but I say ...
February 15th, 201111:03 AM ETMost Christians believe that some people will be etenally lost. But not all Christians agree with this. Some are supporters of the view that no people will be lost. Among them is one of my friends, the articulate theologian Robin Parry. A few years ago Robin wrote a great book called The Evangelical Universalist. He wrote it under a pseudonym (Greg...
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