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Awesome Podcast Recommendation – Rethinking Hell

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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:

mastheadRethinking Hell!
(iTunes link)

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

Screen Shot 2015-01-02 at 11.58.51 AMIf 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).

Episode 63: Up for Debate? A Response to Kevin Zuber, with Ronnie D and Chris Date (iTunes)
Episode 64: Up for Debate? A Response to Kevin Zuber, with Ronnie D and Chris Date (iTunes)

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.
Thanks!

And like always, if you have a podcast that you think is just downright amazing, let me know! In the comments or on twitter 🙂

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Ho! Ho! Ho! JesusDidntExist

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Hooray! It is that time of the year again!
Time to decorate your Christmas tree & put up lights!
Time to spin your dreidel & light the menorah!
Time to light your Kinara & do a festive dance!

It is also time to… ignore the stupid articles that all say that Jesus didn’t exist.
I don’t know what it is about Christmas and Easter that makes people want to publicly and proudly ignore the evidence for Jesus’ existence, but that’s how we do here on this planet of ours.

I don’t plan on refuting all the recent poorly researched articles claiming the non-existence of Jesus as a historical person. People much more educated than I have done a great job showing those to be hilariously inaccurate. What I’d like to do is point you to a resource I wrote quite some time ago, talking about that wonderfully crappy documentary, Zeitgeist.

screen-shot-2013-06-23-at-8-13-51-amYou remember the one, right?
Well, guess what. One of your newly skeptical cousins has found Zeitgeist on a reddit forum and plans on using it to ruin Christmas for your elderly grandmother. You can’t let that happen. That would be rude.
So you should probably freshen up on your responses to him when he says “Horus had a virgin birth too” between scoops of mashed potatoes.

I have just the article for you!
Click here for my resource-loaded article: Zeitgeist – Pagan Myths and Jesus
And Merry Christmas!

ps. yes, I know I cheated this week on the blog content.
“way to go elijiah, just using recycled material. nerd.”
psh dude whatever its a good article. plus, its not just christian sources. so you can give it to your cousin and he’ll be refuted by fellow skeptics. you’re the nerd.

you’re welcome.