Sunday, June 15, 2014

What the Hell do We do with...Hell? (Part 1)

My impression is that many (if not most) progressives don't believe in "hell". This whole idea that a God who is love would consign someone to eternal torment just because they didn't say the magic words, didn't sign up with the right group, or did bad things is downright absurd to us. Even within Evangelicalism, we see a progressive contingent moving toward this position. Perhaps this is reflected most fully in Rob Bell's Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.

In this four-part series, I want to look at three different ways of dealing with the problem of hell: conservative, traditionalist, and revisionist. This part looks at the conservative approach. Many conservatives (primarily fundamentalist) simply accept that hell exists, simply because they believe the Bible says it is so. Other conservatives, however, struggle with the seeming incompatibility of hell and a loving God. So, they have come up with their own solution that retains, but modifies, the concept of hell.


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