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Four views on what the Scriptures contain regarding the nature of hell are presented in this guide to widely debated biblical interpretation.

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Most contemporary Christians acknowledge the doctrine of hell, but they'd rather not think about how God punishes the wicked. The authors of Four Views on Hell meet this subject head-on with different views on what the Scriptures say. Is hell to be understood literally as a place of eternal smoke and flames? Or are such images simply metaphors for a real but different form of punishment? Is there such a thing as 'conditional immortality, ' in which God annihilates the souls of the wicked rather than punishing them endlessly? Is there a Purgatory, and if so, how does it fit into the picture? The interactive Counterpoints forum allows the reader to see the four views on hell---literal, metaphorical, conditional, and purgatorial---in interaction with each other. Each view in turn is presented, critiqued, and defended. This evenhanded approach is ideal for comparing and contrasting views in order to form a personal conclusion about one of Christianity's key doctrines. The Counterpoints series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians. Counterpoints books address two categories: Church Life and Bible and Theology. Complete your library with other books in the Counterpoints series

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   190
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.06" Width: 5.36" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1997
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Edition  Revised  
Series  Counterpoints  
ISBN  0310212685  
ISBN13  9780310212683  
UPC  025986212681  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Stanley N. Gundry is executive vice president and editor-in-chief for the Zondervan Corporation. He has been an influential figure in the Evangelical Theological Society, serving as president of ETS and on its executive committee, and is adjunct professor of Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is the author of seven books and has written many articles appearing in popular and academic periodicals.

Stanley N. Gundry currently resides in Grand Rapids, in the state of Michigan.

Stanley N. Gundry has published or released items in the following series...
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  2. Counterpoints: Bible and Theology

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Not Bad - Too Narrow  Nov 30, 1999
This text is an instalment in Zondervan's Four Views series examining various religious and theological issues. The four contributions discuss the nature of Hell.

Walvoord - literal biblical interpretation
Crockett - metaphorical biblical interpretation
Hayes - Catholic purgatory view
Pinnock - Conditional interpretation (finite period of suffering then destruction)

From my perspective this instalment is similar to other contributions in this series - generally solid writing, but within an excessively narrow scope. The book may have been more interesting if Walvoord's and Crockett's pieces were combined and a different view included (e.g. liberal protest, Orthodox or Jewish). Overall, the book is not bad, if a bit narrow.
Not for the Closed Minded  Nov 30, 1999
I am a lay person who has a very open mind as to how others view Christianity and all that that entales. Hell is one subject that seems to be rarley discussed in pulpits but often enters into conversations with other people, Christian and non-Christian alike. This book helps understand how people view the different concepts of Hell.

If you are closed minded or rather already have your hard-core beliefs firmly in place, then you may want to skip this one. If however, you want to explore the concept of Hell and are not afraid to be challenged, then you will find this very interesting.

Each author presents his particular view of Hell and then backs it up both with argument and biblical application. The other three authors are then aforded the opportunity to rebuff or challenge that view. This in and of itself was worth the price of the book to me. I found myself rethinking many things as regards my own personal beliefs...but to me that is what this is all about, open dialogue and frank, respectful discussion.

The book presents no one view as the "right" or "correct" view, but instead allows each author to present his view and then leaves the reader to decide for him or herself to decide where his or her personal belief falls or where it is challenged to ponder the aspects of other views.

I used this book as the main text for a four week church study on the subject and many to date still feel this was the most thought provoking class they had ever taken.
Just to wild for words  Nov 30, 1999
I read this book as part of my seminary training. To be honest it was a waste of money. The topic is a non-starter. Hell either exists as Jesus, the bible, Muslims, Jews have taught for many thousnads of years, Or it DOSEN"T. If it does, then you better be prepared, if it doesn't then why worry. Dr Walvoord's view is the classic biblical treatment of Hell. It is well written and his concern for humamity and their decision it ignore the facts is well presented. The other three views are well presented but NOT supported, by anything other than simply saying so. If you want to waste your money and time, then good ahead and buy this. If you want to know the truth, just read the source material- The BIBLE
A Decent Overview  Nov 30, 1999
This is a good book for the person who wishes to view hell from various theological positions. This is especially good for the person coming from a more fundamental perspective, but with an open mind. I found it useful in my own research on the topic. I would also recommend the book, "The Inescapable Love of God" for a fifth view of hell. I also am willing to email the results of my own five year research into the issue of hell and salvation to anyone who asks.
Four Views of "Hell-ologists"  Nov 30, 1999
Four Views of Hell is one of the best books available on the subject. Unlike other books on the same topic, the book dares to allow differing voices to be heard. But, this book may tell us even more about the prejudices and preconceptions of those who contributed to it than about the afterlife.
John Walvoord is dogmatic in his "Literal" view that hell is a place of actual flames combining physical pain with mental and emotional depression and misery. I believe that literal is a particularly bad naming and this should have been called the "Traditional" view instead.
William Crockett allows more credence to other views but still suggests that his "Metaphorical" view, hell is a state of mental and emotional depression and misery without physical features, are the only reasonable views.
In the "Purgatorial" view, Zachary Hayes, gives an excellent synopsis of the development of this controversial idea, but the reader is left to wonder whether purgatorial is 'hellish' in the traditional sense or merely cleansing and refreshing. His treatment of the Roman Catholic doctrine is historical, fair, and unapologetic.
Clark Pinnock writes one of the best articles, to date, on the "Conditional" view. This view holds that in the end, most of the unsaved will become saved, and those who persist in rebellion and hold fast to doing evil will enter a state of oblivion and annihilation. Pinnock's article and counterpoints are excellent and by far the least prideful of the lot.
The flaw, not with the book but with the contributors, is that they don't seem to read what the others have written. In their rebuttals they pick and choose their attack points often missing the very solutions to the problems they point out.
I would be delighted if this book were revised in the future to include views on "Soul Sleep" and deeper coverage of the included views. Despite the pugnatious attitudes of some of the contributors, I would want to read a broader and deeper coverage of the different views rather than avoiding them or this book.
While Hell-ologists (to coin an understandable term) may be dogmatic and sometimes arrogant in their views, the book allows the reader to see what their views are about and to fairly weigh the views. I've yet to find another book on the subject which accepts counterpoints as well as this book in Zondervan's Counterpoints Series.

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