Two distinguished authors convincingly present their opposing views on hell.
Introductory remarks on both traditionalism (the belief that the wicked suffer
in hell for eternity) and conditionalism (the belief that the wicked are
punished by God and then destroyed) set the stage for the authors' in-depth
studies. Edward Fudge, a practicing lawyer and theologian (The Fire That
Consumes: The Biblical Case for Conditional Immortality) argues on behalf of
conditionalism, drawing from a study of Old Testament figures, Jesus' teachings
on hell, the writings of Paul and other New Testament verses and explanations.
Robert Peterson (professor of theology at Covenant Theological Seminary and
editor of the Presbyterian) responds from the traditionalist perspective, as
his previous book's title (Hell on Trial: The Case for Eternal Punishment)
would suggest. Peterson provides readers with the positions of early Church
Fathers and exegeted verses, and offers an overall theological look at why
traditionalism is biblically sound. Each section ends with the other author
debating the preceding arguments, contributing to the "dialogue" of the book.
Throughout the text, both authors do their level best to dismantle the other's
arguments. Professionals, seminary students and well-educated laity will find
much to mull over here, though the average reader may consider the continual
bantering somewhat tedious. (May) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.