Two Views of Hell

A Biblical & Theological Dialogue

Spectrum Multiview Book Series

by Edward William Fudge and Robert A. Peterson

Two Views of Hell
paperback
  • Length: 228 pages
  • Published: April 10, 2000
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2255-3
  • Item Code: 2255
  • Case Quantity: 44

Hell is real and terrible. It is the fate of those who reject God. Evangelicals agree about this unhappy truth. Yet on some questions about hell disagreements arise.

Some evangelicals believe the wicked will experience perpetual, conscious torment after death. Others argue that the wicked will experience a limited period of conscious punishment and then they will cease to exist.

In this book you will find an irenic yet frank debate between two evangelical theologians who present strong scriptural and theological evidence for and against each view. Both make a case that their view is more consistent with Scripture and with the holy and just nature of a loving God.

Robert Peterson defends the traditional view that those who do not have faith in Christ will suffer eternally in hell. Edward Fudge advocates the conditionalist perspective that after a period of suffering, the unfaithful will experience a complete extinguishing, or annihilation, of existence. In addition, each author presents a rebuttal to the viewpoint of the other.

Here is a dialogue that will inform and challenge those on both sides, while impressing on all the need for faithful proclamation of the gospel of deliverance from sin and death.

"The book is much needed. The debate over the nature of hell shows no sign of going away, and this book gives a good and thorough presentation of both sides in just over two hundred pages. I hope it receives a wide and careful reading."

Faith Mission

"Fudge and Peterson . . . have produced a clear and readable account of the biblical grounds for their positions. Fudge's interpretations of the scriptural data is plausible as is Peterson's and neither can dismiss the other by claiming that Scripture clearly supports their view. This book serves well the purpose of laying out the exegetical grounds for both sides."

Philosophia Christi

"A very worthwhile book, especially since it gives both sides of the argument. This gives the book a fairness that should be appreciated."

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CONTENTS

Acknowledgments

Introduction: What's All the Fuss About?

PART ONE: THE CASE FOR CONDITIONALISM
by Edward William Fudge
1. An Introduction to Conditionalism
2. The Old Testament
3. The Teachings of Jesus
4. The Writings of Paul
5. The Rest of the New Testament
6. A Final Word

A Traditionalist Response to Conditionalism
by Robert A. Peterson

PART TWO: THE CASE FOR TRADITIONALISM
by Robert A. Peterson
7. The Road to Traditionalism: History
8. The Foundation of the House: Scripture
9. Seeing the Big Picture: Theology

A Conditionalist Response to Traditionalism
by Edward William Fudge

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Robert A. Peterson (Ph.D., Drew University) is professor of systematic theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He was formerly professor of New Testament and theology at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. His books include Getting to Know John's Gospel: A Fresh Look at Its Main Ideas, Hell on Trial: The Case for Eternal Punishment, Calvin's Doctrine of the Atonement, Adopted by God: From Wayward Sinners to Cherished Children (all Presbyterian & Reformed) and Hell Under Fire (coedited with Chris Morgan, Zondervan). He has written numerous articles, was a contributor to the second edition of the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (Baker) and edits Covenant Seminary's journal, Presbyterion.

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