This book is very excellent, Especially, Author Clark Pinnock introduction Annihilationism that is very clear and encourage this doctrine is correct than traditional doctrine of eternal punishment, ifchristian believe GOD is good, BUT GOD punish the wicked is everlasting, this is very horrible. So I am this part of Clark Pinnock essay is vey detail and excellent.
As I read through this book, there were times when I wanted to throw up. Clark Pinnkock (Annihilationist) ruins this book by uttering numerous blasphemies, claiming how sadistic and cruel God is if you don't accept his view. I hardly read a response by him where I didn't cringe. Walvoord (Literal) presents a bed-time story model of scripture--appealing to left behind fiction to prove why hell must be literal. Hayes & Crockett both present there cases well. Another downside is this book is plagued with Arminian though. Before reading this book, I did not have a clear position, althrough I leaned more towards the metaphoric view. After reading the book, I'm convinced the metaphroic view is the best exegete of scripture.
This book accomplishes its objective of presenting four differing views on hell. A couple of the writers are more persuasive than their colleagues. This persuasiveness, however, stems more from the positions themselves rather than from the skill of the persons penning them.Walvoord begins with a simplistic, fundamentalist position of literal, eternal fire. Walvoord does a decent job of making his point. The issue is muddled, unfortunately, with the mantra of literal interpretation as the only method for persons who believe the Bible is inerrant. The connection with dispensationalism is apparent in the frequent, literal application of passages in Revelation.Crockett steps to the plate next with the metaphorical view. His presentation is the most convincing of the four, partially because of his skill but mainly because of the strength of the argument itself. Crockett sticks to the point and drives it home.Hayes takes his turn defending the purgatorial position. I was a bit surprised to find a serious consideration given to the idea of purgatory in a work of this nature. Hayes deserves credit for making a valiant attempt to communicate a Catholic belief to a predominantly Protestant audience. He offers little Scriptural support for his position, simply because there is little Scriptural support to be found.Pinnock concludes the presentations with his view of annihilation. Pinnock is not as convincing as Crockett, but gives some substantial Scriptural evidence and theological reasoning to support his position. Crockett does an excellent job of refuting Pinnock's argument in the brief response he offers.I intially planned to give this volume three or four stars, because at least two of the arguments presented are extremely weak. On second thought, however, the presentations are all fairly well done -- the problem is with the positions themselves. For anyone wanting a good overview of four doctrines of hell, I strongly recommend this book.
Excellent book, if a little too brief. Most of the author's sections were superb, but Walvoord (with whom I agree on this subject)was too superficial and often missed the point of the other authors. He did a poor job defending the position, but his comments are a good starting point in understanding his view. Section on Purgatory was particularly interesting. Overall, a great addition to any library.