The Problem of Hell
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The Problem of Hell   -     By: Jonathan L. Kvanvig

The Problem of Hell

Oxford University Press / 1993 / Hardcover

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The doctrine of hell presents the most intractable version of the problem of evil, for the though it might be argued that ordinary pain and evil can somehow be compensated for by the course of future experience, the pain and suffering of hell leads nowhere. This work develops an account of hell that is common to a broad variety of religious perspectives, and argues that the usual ways of understanding hell are incompatible of solving the problem of hell. The author argues that the traditional concept of hell found in Christianity suffers from moral and epistemological inadequacies. He also argues that the typical alternatives fail to solve the problem of hell because they share the common flaw of being constructed on a retributive model of hell. The authors account is fully compatible with the biblical portrayal of God as a god of love, and also remains faithful to the Biblical record of the seriousness of sin and reality of hell. 182 page hardcover by Oxford University Press.

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Title: The Problem of Hell
By: Jonathan L. Kvanvig
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 182
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1993
Dimensions: 9 1/2 X 6 1/4 X 3/4 (inches)
Weight: 9 ounces
ISBN: 019508487X
ISBN-13: 9780195084870
Stock No: WW08487X

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The doctrine of hell presents the most intractable version of the problem of evil, for though it might be argued that ordinary pain and evil can somehow be compensated for by the course of future experience, the pain and suffering of hell leads nowhere. This work develops an understanding of
hell that is common to a broad variety of religious perspectives, and argues that the usual understandings of hell are incapable of solving the problem of hell. Kvanvig first argues that the traditional understanding of hell found in Christianity suffers from moral and epistemological inadequacies.
Historically, these shortcomings lead to alternatives to the traditional doctrine of hell, such as universalism, annihilationism, or the second chance doctrine. Kvanvig shows, however, that the typical alternatives to the traditional understanding are inadequate as well. He argues that both the
traditional understanding and the typical alternatives fail to solve the problem of hell because they share the common flaw of being constructed on a retributive model of hell. Kvanvig then develops a philosophical account of hell which does not depend on a retributive model and argues that it is
adequate on both philosophical and theological grounds.

Editorial Reviews


"The book, rich in argument and thought-provoking, is highly recommended for all those with an interest in soteriology and eschatology."The Month


"We are offered an impressive case for the coherence of a revised doctrine of hell....I hope...that our readers will grapple with this subtle and widely ranging discussion, which is far richer than my terse summary can reveal."--The Expository Times


"Those who are not squeamish will find much worth thinking about in this tough-minded and toughly-argued book."--Theology


"Kvanvig's own theory deserves careful consideration....If a philosophical analysis is called for, this is the book to read. It brings us a long way into an intelligent, scripturally respectful, and theologically acceptable discussion of a belief that has traditionally been a forest of
contradictions. Kvanvig's book may be the best path through the forest yet."--Christianity and Literature


"Kvanvig's solution to the problem of hell in ingenious. It should be of interest to any philosopher who wants to explore alternatives to the morally problematic doctrine of hell in traditional Christianity."--Ethics


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