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We need to talk... about hell

Responses to Anna Hancock's challenge

I don't want to appear too mean, I'm not. But this article has all the hallmarks of a frustrated Augustinianly influenced first year theological student. It sounds like you actually want people to be in hell as you passionately instruct readers to inform people of hell.

I just want to advise caution. I too believe hell is real, I'm just not sure about its duration, but if a world-class theologian such as Anthony Thiselton can write, "...we should not characterise the Augustinian tradition of eternal torment as "the orthodox view." At least three very different views competed in the early church, all of them seeking some support from Scripture" quoted in The Last Things, pg.148.

I don't mean to be pedantic, or even squash your clear passion, but hell is vastly misunderstood, and too many well meaning people come to talk about it without any engagement with their assumptions, only saying "what the Bible says!"

I still admire the article though. You're right, we don't talk about it, but when we do, we'd better be well read in Scripture and history, taking in Stott and Barth, Moltmann and Origen, as well as Augustine and Calvin and most of Reformed Theology. The argument and discussion to be had here is much bigger than we imagine, and I'm talking to myself too!
Steve is right, your article was written really well.

I'm not entirely convinced, as there are also many theologians and prominent thinkers that will counter the fact that "hell is real". Yours is a singular point of view as to what may happen in the afterlife. The bible isn't so cut and dry. May I suggest some reading round about these views.

Thank you Anna for this article. In the New Testament we see both the Lord himself, and examples of those who follow him, boldly loving people enough to lovingly warn them about the terrible reality of judgement - sometimes at great personal cost. May we show the same sacrificial love.
Lewis Fry

Just want to say that, this article is flipping brilliant! It has been written really well!
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