Classical theology and conditional immortality

In Christian discussions about human nature and destiny, conditional immortality is still regarded by some people as a view without a home in historic Christian thought. They might expect us to appeal to emotion or to our sense of fairness and love, but they might not expect us to provide a robust biblical case, and […]

John Stott on hell | Annihilationism

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John Stott on hell: Emotionally, I find the concept [of eternal conscious torment] intolerable and do not understand how people can live with it without either cauterizing their feelings or cracking under the strain. But our emotions are a fluctuating, unreliable guide to truth and must not be exalted to the place of supreme authority […]

a podcast from Theopologetics Part 2


Episode 55: Eternal Fire. Dr. Edward Fudge joins “Theopologetics” to discuss annihilation as an orthodox alternative to the traditional view of hell. This episode contains part 2 of the interview in which I present Edward with common traditionalist challenges to his view. Listen to episode 54, “Burn It Up,” in which we focus on Dr. Fudge’s book and the doctrine […]

a podcast from Theopologetics Part 1


Episode 54: Burn It Up. Dr. Edward Fudge joins Theopologetics to discuss annihilation as an orthodox alternative to the traditional view of hell. This episode contains part 1 of the interview in which we focus on Dr. Fudge’s book and the doctrine of annihilationism or conditional immortality. Listen to episode 55, “Eternal Fire,” for part 2 in which […]

John Stott Has Died


John Stott died on the 27th July aged 90 : Christianity Today “An evangelical is a plain, ordinary Christian,” John Stott told Christianity Today in an October 2006 interview. From his conversion at Rugby secondary school in 1938 to his death in 2011 at 90 years old, Stott exemplified how extraordinary plain, ordinary Christianity can be. […]

Hell is a scary idea but God can rescue us: Jeff Vann on Nahum 1:1-8 (AUDIO)


An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh. 2 The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD is avenging and wrathful; the LORD takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies. 3 The LORD is slow to anger and great in power, and the LORD […]

“Why Don’t You Believe The Traditional View of hell ?” (Part Two)

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In discussing Conditional Immortality among Conservative Protestants I am often told, “That’s not the traditional view of hell, it’s the traditional view of the church!” I believe Scripture alone binds my conscience, but I also believe that those who say this often misunderstand what the “tradition” of the church is and would be surprised to find that the view they support is generally not that held by the majority in the early […]

“Why Don’t You Believe The Traditional View of Hell?” (Part One)


This article first appeared in From Death to Life, Issue 33 (March 2007), pages 31-34. In discussing “Conditional Immortality”, from the Bible, with Christians of all stripes I have lost count of the number of times I have been told, “But that’s not the traditional view of the church!” Fair call. However, when discussing Conditional Immortality with Protestants this objection seems a bit rich. “Sola Scriptura” (Scripture Alone) is one of […]

Conditional Immortality in the 19th Century


The doctrine of “Hell” was once a vital tool in scaring people into making a decision for Christ during the “Great Awakening” of the eighteenth century. However, from the nineteenth century forward it has been a psychological obstacle to the success of the Gospel! The nineteenth century advances in the disciplines of science, philosophy and […]

Two Works By Henry Constable


Henry Constable (died 1894) was canon and prebendary of Cork, Ireland. He was a strong advocate of Conditional Immortality. You can read his works online: Duration and Nature of Future Punishment by Henry Constable. Hades: or the Intermediate State of Man by Henry Constable. Clicking these links will take you away from our site. The […]