Category Archives: Eschatology

Locating N. T. Wright’s eschatology on the spectrum of views concerning hell

While jogging this morning, I listened to an interesting  Q & A with Tom Wright on “Unbelievable?” A question arose about Wright’s view of hell and he enunciated his usual view of the dehumanization of the wicked, who eventually cease to bear the image of God. I got to thinking of the splendid triangle developed by the leadership of Rethinking Hell, and it occurred to me that Wright’s portrait of dehumanization might actually be more … Continue reading

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What did Jesus suffer “for us and for our salvation”?

A podcast interview with me Chris Date has begun a series of podcasts in which he will interview authors of chapters in A Consuming Passion. I am the first person on deck, and Chris spent quite a long time talking with me about my journey to annihilationism. Whether or not you have read the series of blog posts I wrote, which were an early form of the material in my chapter for the festschrift for … Continue reading

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Christian views of final punishment: the “hell triangle” revised.

Kudos to Peter Grice and the folks at Rethinking Hell, for a nice revision of the “Hell Triangle,” which expertly depicts the key alternative Christian views of final punishment. It is available at the link above, in many formats, along with brief descriptions of the major alternatives in current Christian discussion of this important subject.  

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Does annihilationism diminish our motivation for evangelism?

This morning, I received a short letter which raised a question that comes up quite often, so I thought I’d post my response for a wider readership. The letter said: Hi Terry, I had someone say to me in regards to the Annihilationist view that, any view that undermines our desire to see the lost saved is a bad move. In other words, he’s saying that Annihilationism decreases the urgency for bringing the gospel to the … Continue reading

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Stage 5 of my journey to annihilationism – an update

  On July 21, 2014, I published a  blog post in which I recounted the long journey I had taken toward becoming an annihilationist. At that time, I declared myself agnostic concerning the nature of hell, although I believed that the Bible taught annihilation more clearly than any other of the alternatives. Later, I was asked to contribute my story for a chapter in A Consuming Passion. I was very happy for that opportunity because, by then, … Continue reading

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Why did it take me so long to accept the strong biblical indication that God finally destroys the wicked?

Last night, I had a lengthy Skype chat with Chris Date, who is in the process of interviewing some (or all) of the authors of essays in A Consuming Passion,  of which Chris was an editor. My own piece was about my “long journey to annihilationism.” Chris talked with me about a couple of the stages in my journey and he seemed particularly puzzled by the fact that I had been so slow to concede … Continue reading

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How can models of salvation be compared on a scale of graciousness?: a response to Jerry Walls

    Daniel Sinclair has shared what he learned at the 2015 Rethinking Hell Conference. Since I was not there myself, I read his comments with interest, but I was surprised when my name showed up in his second point. I think that the ideas cited from Walls definitely merit some consideration, and I offer this as a contribution to the discussion of this very important matter.     Jerry Walls’s perspective on my model … Continue reading

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Rethinking Hell Conference # 2

The second conference organized by Rethinking Hell will convene at Fuller Theological Seminary on June 18-20. The theme for this year’s conference is “Conditional Immortality and the Challenge of Universal Salvation.” The program looks excellent and I’m sorry that I won’t be there, though I hope to catch up on many of the sessions afterwards if RH makes video/audio files of them available. I commend the conference to anyone who is seeking a better informed … Continue reading

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Forthcoming: “A Consuming Passion”

  I just got word from the editor that a book to which I contributed a chapter is soon to come off the press from Wipf and Stock, under the Pickwick imprint, which is their primary academic venue. I look forward to reading the other essays, because it looks like a very worthwhile collection – good authors on interesting topics. I am happy to have a small part in honoring Edward Fudge, a lovely and … Continue reading

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How the Christian doctrine of sin should lead believers in eternal conscious torment to affirmation of annihilationism

In a blog post at Jesus Creed, Jeff Cook (lecturer in philosophy at the University of Colorado and pastor of Atlas Church) has raised a very significant philosophical objection to the traditional doctrine that hell is eternal conscious torment. He demonstrates convincingly that the concept of hell as dehumanization, as affirmed by C. S. Lewis and N. T. Wright is almost indistinguishable from annihilationism. That dehumanization tends toward annihilation has already been nicely demonstrated in … Continue reading

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