I do not hold to the ‘traditional doctrine’ of Hell; the doctrine of eternal conscious torment. I am an advocate of “annihilationism”, otherwise known as “conditional immortality”. My disbelief puts me in a minority amongst Christians, but I don’t exactly know why. I think all evangelicals should hold to annihilationism, and my hope is that this post will be the first step in you embracing annihilationism.
For those of you new to this discussion, the advocates of the ‘eternal conscious torment’ view of hell are known as ‘traditionalists’. The advocates of annihilationism are usually known as annihilationists or conditionalists.
A little while ago, a group of friends and I ordered some pizza, hung out for a while, snagged a movie off of Amazon and sat down to watch it. This movie was “Hellbound”, and it was a fairly decent examination of the doctrine of hell and the various views on it. It seemed to be primarily focused on the debate between ‘eternal conscious torment’ (ECT) and universalism, brought about by Rob Bell’s
statements questions about the existence and/or nature of hell. While annihilationism was given some time in the movie, it was largely unconsidered and left as something worth thinking about… but less interesting than the other two options. It wasn’t off the table, it was just sorta pushed aside.
With my minimal online influence, I’d like to place annihilationism back in the middle of the theological table, to be considered with the other two. I am confident that annihilationism will emerge on top as the most biblically, theologically and philosophically accurate understanding of the doctrine of hell. Read the rest of this entry »
Hello everyone! I hope you had a gr8 Christmas and new year! Welcome to 2015!
My normal plan for this blog is to post something on Monday and then a favorite podcast of the week on Friday. However, I’ve neglected this last Monday.
Hopefully you will forgive me. After all, it was between Christmas and the New Year! #HolidayProbs
I do have some good news! My abject negligence will culminate in a decent post this Monday (hopefully) the doctrine of Hell and why I believe the Bible does not teach the [traditional doctrine] eternal conscious torment.
Speaking of Hell… I’d like to introduce my favorite podcast of the week:
Rethinking Hell is probably one of the best series on the doctrine of Hell from a conditionalist perspective I’ve ever encountered. Granted there aren’t that many podcasts that fill this niche, but I’m glad these guys are doing it because they do it very well. And they have a dang cool podcast logo and website banner.
Just look at it. #fire
If you’d like to know more about annihilationism (before my post on Monday, of course), listen to the most recent two episodes of Rethinking Hell. It is a 2-part series covering a recent informal debate between conditionalist Edward Fudge and traditionalist Frank Zuber on Moody Radio. Just listening to Ronnie & Chris discuss the issues in this debate will make for a solid primer for anyone new to conditionalism.
You can find the discussion here (the link I had wasn’t working; waiting on a response from Moody for a new link).
Many of their other episodes deal with specific responses to specific claims made by critics of annihilationism, and they deal with the objections fairly and substantially. I strongly suggest going to them for a well-informed view on hell from a conditionalist perspective.
Specifically, I really enjoyed episode 4 – The Case for Annihilationism with Glenn Peoples, and episode 7 – Traditional Objections Answered with Chris Date.
If you are a conditionalist, this is a great resource for responding to critiques of annihilationism.
If you are a traditionalist, universalist, or just on the fence on this issue, this is a great way to understand the arguments of conditionalists.
In my post on Monday, I’ll be linking to more conditionalist resources.
And like always, if you have a podcast that you think is just downright amazing, let me know! In the comments or on twitter 🙂