Reading Romans Again – as a conditionalist

    I think all Christians need to read the book of Romans again, and we who believe in conditional immortality ought to be at the head of the queue. Ronald D. Witherup summarizes the role of Romans as an expression of Christian theology: “I think every professional student of Paul’s letters would say that […]

Defending a bit of unconsciousness

Defending the unconscious intermediate state In the past few years, I have addressed the topic of the intermediate state many times.1  My usual approach has been to either outline the basic biblical argument for an unconscious intermediate state, or to respond to texts that have been used to argue for a conscious intermediate state. It has […]

Q & A: resurrection chronology

          In a recent devotional posted on my devotions blog, I shared thoughts based on 1 Corinthians 15:23-25. Here is the content of that post: ———————————————————————- 1 Corinthians 15:23-25 1Co 15:23 But each crop will be harvested in its own order: Christ, the first harvest, then the ones to be harvested […]

This hope will not disappoint

In today’s world, it is often thought that hope is merely a wishy-washy feeling, and mere desire fulfilment, an irrationally grounded hope. Many explanations of Christianity appeal to such desire fulfilment to explain Christianity’s origin- Feuerbach declared Christianity to be a psychological crutch; Marx declared religion to be the opiate for the masses. And yet […]


Oh, to live forever! Do you ever long for that? It’s a grandiose wish, all right, and certainly not unqualified or without reservations. We would not want any pain, for example, should we somehow manage to live forever. Most of us have experienced pain here; we clearly have no appetite for any more. An unending […]

Vanity or Resurrection?

Recently, an evangelical pastor wrote an article on death after the loss of a loved one. It’s not important to identify this particular pastor, seeing as he didn’t say anything unusual. His article could just as easily have been written by any number of clergy from any number of denominations. Also, interacting oppositionally with a […]

resurrection makes sense

In this audio file, I explain why the promise of resurrection makes sense, because that is what we really need: not survival in a disembodied state.     Resurrection makes sense Conditionalists believe that death is a reality because everyone was in Adam when God warned Adam not to eat of the forbidden tree. That […]

sorry, Socrates!

In this audio file, I imagine going back in time, and setting Socrates straight about what happens at death.       Is Death better? sorry, Socrates! I wish I could travel back in time. I’d like to go back to the time of the Greek philosopher, Socrates. I would pretend to be one of […]

Not whisked off

Isaiah 35:1-10 1 Wasteland and dry land will be glad and desert will rejoice and blossom like the crocus. 2 It will blossom lavishly, and it will greatly rejoice with rejoicing and exulting. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They will see the glory of Yahveh, […]

Thrown away from your grave

Isaiah 14:16-21 16 Those who see you will gawk at you, they will gaze closely at you: ‘this is the man who made the land tremble, who caused kingdoms to shake, 17 who made a world like the desert and destroyed its cities, who would not let his prisoners return home?’ 18 All kings of […]