"Hell" is a much-debated topic among evangelicals. Will the condemned experience perpetual, conscious torture; or will theirs be a limited suffering followed by an end to their existence? Theologians Peterson and Fudge debate these traditional/conditionalist perspectives, each making a case that his viewpoint is more consistent with Scripture and God's nature. Includes rebuttals. 228 pages, softcover from InterVarsity.
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I was happy to read this book and to see that the book allowed both men to express their views fairly and with the same amount of space. While Fudge (conditionalism) opposed Peterson (traditionalism), they did so graciously and were given ample time to prove their points.
In the end, depending on your view of hell, you'll typically side with that person. I felt that Fudge did a better job with his view than Peterson but was happy to see that Peterson did seek to deal with the relevant passages on hell and did not just react to Fudge.
I do recommend this book if you are studying hell.
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Review 2 for Two Views of Hell
Date:May 30, 2001
This book gives a good, thorough presentation of the two views, and allows some debate over specific issues and scripture passages. These passages are well-exegeted according to the two viewpoints. The weakness, however, is its increasingly acrimonious tone: Fudge makes some inappropriate comments early on, and Peterson overreacts. This book nevertheless is helpful for those interested in this debate.