Response 2 to a Conditionalist Critical Review

Response 2 to a Conditionalist Critical Review

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In part one of my response to David Jakubovic’s review of Is There Anything Good About Hell (AGAH), I introduced a few small matters concerning my intentions with this series of articles and the constraints and goals of my book, before finally arguing that there is a strong theological tradition concerning the word “evil” (eg. Aquinas) that does not bleed ...
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Hell Isn't a "Mystery"

Hell Isn’t a “Mystery”

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This agnostic method of sapping the doctrine of endless retribution is not only wanting in frank and open dealing in an argument, but is chargeable with falsifying divine revelation. To say that the Bible “veils the subject of endless punishment in mystery” and that it is “reticent upon the subject of the future life,” in the face of such an ...
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Wealth and the Need for Eternal Retribution

Wealth and the Need for Eternal Retribution

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W. T. Shedd, The Doctrine of Endless Punishment (pp. 158–159): Luxury deadens the moral sense, and luxurious populations do not have the fear of God before their eyes. Hence luxurious ages, and luxurious men, recalcitrate at hell, and “kick against the goads.” No theological tenet is more important than eternal retribution to those modern nations which, like England, Germany, and ...
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Response 1 to a Conditionalist Critical Review

Response 1 to a Conditionalist Critical Review

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Several weeks ago, I was contacted by a friendly annihilationist who had written a critical review of the book that was both impressive and erudite . It begins by stating, “This is the most coherent philosophical/theological defence of Eternal Conscious Torment  that I have seen. Author Dirks doesn’t just go for the usual ‘low-hanging fruit’ that we have all heard ...
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Cyril of Alexandria on the Motivation of Hell

Cyril of Alexandria on the Motivation of Hell

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Part of my morning exercises over the last year is reading through Cyril of Alexandria’s commentary on John (not that I always get to it daily). Cyril, like most other Early Church Fathers, was quick to speak about eternal punishment. In his commentary on John 8:21, “I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in ...
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Top 5: Understanding Hell

Top 5: Understanding Hell

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For this top five, I want to share five books referenced in Is There Anything Good About Hell? which could help establish a younger or less mature believer in some deeper theological thinking . None of these are about hell or punishment itself and I have deliberately not included longer works: systematic theologies, commentaries, or other reference-type works. I also ...
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Brooks on Hell: Oh, bless Christ! Oh, kiss Christ!

Brooks on Hell: Oh, bless Christ! Oh, kiss Christ!

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Christ’s outward and inward miseries, sorrows, and sufferings are not to be paralleled, and therefore Christians have the more cause to lose themselves in the contemplation of his matchless love. Oh, bless Christ! oh, kiss Christ! oh, embrace Christ! oh, welcome Christ! oh, cleave to Christ! oh, follow Christ! oh, walk with Christ! oh, long for Christ! who for your ...
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Top 3: Exodus Resources

Top 3: Exodus Resources

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This top three has little to do with hell--at least specifically. I am preaching through the book of Exodus, and I am growing in my knowledge of the degree to which Exodus, its language, and its themes, impact the rest of the scriptures. It's truly remarkable. So I present a top three resources on the book of Exodus with a ...
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Reformation21 Review of "Crux, Mors, Inferi" by Renihan

Reformation21 Review of “Crux, Mors, Inferi” by Renihan

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Reformation21 has published my review of Samuel Renihan’s “Crux, Mors, Inferi”. It begins Samuel Renihan has recently published an excellent book on the doctrine of the descent of Christ into hell. His thesis—that Christ descended to hell on the Sabbath, as stated in the ancient creeds—is one with which I was in agreement prior to reading it. What surprised me ...
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Eternal Love and Hate; Can I Have Confidence?

Eternal Love and Hate; Can I Have Confidence?

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A believing friend recently wrote with a serious question about his own election and the question of trust in a God who eternally loves some and hates others. The following is my attempt at an answer. Chapter 9 of Is There Anything Good About Hell? contains some of these thoughts. Continue reading→ ...
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