The Problem of Hell Hardback

by Jonathan L. Kvanvig

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The Problem of Hell

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The doctrine of hell presents the most intractable version of the problem of evil, for though it might be argued that ordinary pain and evil can somehow be compensated for by the course of future experience, the pain and suffering of hell leads nowhere. This work develops an understanding of hell that is common to a broad variety of religious perspectives, and argues that the usual understandings of hell are incapable of solving the problem of hell. Kvanvig first argues that the traditional understanding of hell found in Christianity suffers from moral and epistemological inadequacies. Historically, these shortcomings lead to alternatives to the traditional doctrine of hell, such as universalism, annihilationism, or the second chance doctrine. Kvanvig shows, however, that the typical alternatives to the traditional understanding are inadequate as well. He argues that both the traditional understanding and the typical alternatives fail to solve the problem of hell because they share the common flaw of being constructed on a retributive model of hell.Kvanvig then develops a philosophical account of hell which does not depend on a retributive model and argues that it is adequate on both philosophical and theological grounds.

The Problem of Hell by Jonathan L. Kvanvig was published by Oxford University Press in October 1993 and is our 55029th best seller. The ISBN for The Problem of Hell is 9780195084870.

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Details for The Problem of Hell

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherOxford University Press (October 1993)
Number of Pages192
Thickness18 mm
Height242 mm
Width160 mm
Product Code1146703
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