Edward Fudge believes that a careful study of the Bible from cover to cover shows the traditional view of hell to be wrong. Between the two extremes of everlasting torment and universal salvation, he sets out a third view more biblical, he argues, than either.
Thirty years ago, Fudge wrote a 500-page scholarly book, The Fire That Consumes, which began a widespread rethinking of the biblical view of hell. Christianity Today calls it the "standard reference" on the topic.
Now, in this small book, Fudge makes his surprising research easily accessible to all readers.
Today, hell is a front-burner topic, thanks to media attention stirred by megapastors Rob Bell, Francis Chan, and others. But, between the extremes of universal salvation and everlasting torment, a third view known as conditional immortality, claims the most biblical support of all.