The Road To Hell: Everlasting Torment or Annihilation? (Hodder, London, 1992) David Pawson I recall reading the late David Pawson’s spirited defence of ECT (Eternal Conscious Torment) in the early 1990s when I was first getting to grips with the burgeoning scholarly debate on CI (Conditional immortality) aka Annihilationism. His book made me stop and interrogate my own … [Read more...]
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In "a conditionalist evaluation of the DLNT" Jefferson Vann evaluates a recent translation. The Disciples’ Literal New Testament is a unique approach to New Testament Translation. While seeking a literal rendering, it also breaks from the standard verse-by-verse format. While it includes verse numbers, it is designed to go with the paragraph flow of the original … [Read more...]
In an article published in 2012 on N.T Wright’s webpage, Wright discusses the Biblical language of ‘the soul’, and specifically Paul’s use of the Greek word psyche in his New Testament letters to the churches. Wright has addressed the topic of the soul, the intermediate state and the afterlife in several of his books. In relation to the following article, a much more in-depth … [Read more...]
About the Author: Alan F. Segal was a scholar of ancient religions and specialized in the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. Segal described himself as a "believing Jew and twentieth-century humanist." He was a renowned scholar, a prolific author, and a speaker. Segal was a professor of religion and Ingeborg Rennert Professor of Jewish Studies at Barnard … [Read more...]
In "a conditionalist evaluation of the LSV" Jefferson Vann reviews this new translations' rendering of several key texts in favour of conditionalism. February of this year, a Bible translation milestone was reached. Covenant Press released the first edition of the Literal Standard Version of the Bible. Learn more about the LSV, and obtain a free pdf copy of the text at: … [Read more...]
Yahweh’s Inferno: Why Scripture’s Teaching On Hell Doesn’t Impugn The Goodness Of God by Evan Minton This informative, popular-level, semi-scholarly 200-page defence of Annihilationism (or Conditional Immortality, hereafter CI), came to my attention only recently while I was listening to Chris Date interview the author on ‘Rethinking Hell LIVE’. Minton originally published … [Read more...]
Review of A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology by Richard Middleton (Baker, Grand Rapids 2014) This 300-page work is a landmark study in biblical eschatology, more specifically biblical holism or the teaching that the eschaton will be about reuniting heaven and earth, not consigning earth to a fiery destruction so that believers end up in heaven. … [Read more...]
In “Yes, people are unconscious at death (part 3)” Jefferson Vann reacts to an article by Don Stewart which affirms that the dead are conscious during the intermediate state. This is the third part of my reaction to Don Stewart’s “Are People Unconscious at Death? (Soul Sleep).” Here is a link to the article in … [Read more...]
In “Yes, people are unconscious at death (part 2)” Jefferson Vann reacts to an article by Don Stewart which affirms that the dead are conscious during the intermediate state. This is the second part of my reaction to Don Stewart’s “Are People Unconscious at Death? (Soul Sleep).” The article is part of a resource that is tied to the Blue Letter Bible, an online Bible Study … [Read more...]
In “Yes, people are unconscious at death (part 1)” Jefferson Vann reacts to an article by Don Stewart which affirms that the dead are conscious during the intermediate state. The Blue Letter Bible is one of a number of good, practical, free online resources for Bible study. A friend introduced me to that resource a few years ago, and I use it occasionally. I particularly … [Read more...]