"Four Views on Hell" Analysis Book Review

A book critque of "Four Views on Hell" by William Crockett.
# 151180 | 1,578 words | 3 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 28, 2012 in Religion and Theology (Christianity) , Literature (General)

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This paper examines how in his book "Four Views on Hell", William Crockett, theologian at the Alliance Theological Seminary, invited his three colleagues John Walvoord at Dallas Theological Seminary, Zachary Hayes at the Catholic Theological Union and Clark Pinnock at McMaster Divinity College to give their interpretation on what is hell. The four theologians openly explain how they view God's punishment to wrongdoers from their particularly evangelical perspective.

Critical interaction with author's work

From the Paper:

"When looking at the different reviews of this book by fellow clergy, one reviewer was most persuaded by Crockett's view since, the metaphorical view does necessiatate any less of a trust in the Bible, but merely tries to "interpret verses responsibly" (Skeptical Christian website) Out of all of the contributors, this reviewer felt that only Crockett considers the critical issue of what Christ's contemporaries would have thought of the verses, based on cultural indications of the times. Christ's sayings need to be interpreted within the timeframe of the Biblical world and not only through the modern Western culture's perspective. (However, other critics see this as a negative point, because they believe the Bible should be interpreted as one sees it today, not in the past.) This reviewer (Skeptical Christian website) also states that Crockett's argument against literalism that hell cannot simultaneously be a place of fire and of darkness at the same time is correct. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • David Burge. "Four Views on Hell" review. Retrieved February 9, 2008. http://www.afterlife.co.nz/articles_and_reviews/four_views_review.html
  • Crockett, W. (1992) "Four Views on Hell". Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
  • Skeptical Christian. "Four Views on Hell". Retrieved February 9, 2008 http://www.skepticalchristian.com/br_fourviewsonhell.htm

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