Heaven and Hell, Peter Toon

This biblical and historical survey of the "last things" demonstrates a penetrating grasp of  historical theology. Although a traditionalist on hell, there are a couple minor missteps which keep it from being among the best surveys.





163, quoting Cyprian
The damned will burn for ever in hell. Devouring flames will be their eternal portion. their torments will never have diminution or end. Their lamentations will be vain and entreaties ineffectual. Their repentance comes too late. They will have to believe in an eternal punishment, as they refused to believe in the life eternal.

Further, it is better in any systematic theology to treat hell when treating the gospel and not to leave it to the final section on the "the last things," where it can so easily become a logical equivalent of heaven in the final order of reality.

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