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The Problem of Hell [Paperback]

By Jonathan L. Kvanvig (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.6" Width: 5.66" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.62 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1993
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  019508487X  
EAN  9780195084870  

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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.

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An Important Read upon Hell  Apr 18, 2007
Although the price is a little high for approximately 175 pages of text, this book warrants a read for anyone curious about the problem of hell. Furthermore, though written predominately from a Christian perspective this book will be useful to any religion which contains a doctrine of hell.

Kvanvig begins with what he calls the "Strong View" of hell. This Strong View contains four different points: (1) Some people are cosigned to hell; (2) Hell is a place where people exist if cosigned there; (3) Once cosigned to hell, one cannot leave; and (4) the justification for hell is retributive in nature. Kvanvig argues that one should not adopt this view for moral reasons. For on the Strong View every person in hell receives the same punishment and that punishment in infinite in nature. This seems to be unfair (not everyone is equally guilty) and unjust (no sin, if any, deserves infinite punishment). Kvanvig also thinks that the Strong View suffers from being arbitrary. Why did God choose this type of punishment out of all the open ones to him? Why must hell be "constructed" this way?

After objection to the Strong View, Kvanvig moves on to what he calls "simple solutions" which simply deny one of the four aforementioned points. He then critiques annihilation views of hell and "second chance theories" of hell. He spills much ink over attempting to show the universalism position is also faulty. Though I think his argument fails against universalism because I do not agree with his version of possible world actualization.

Eventually, Kvanvig presents his finally critique of the Strong View of hell and the simple solutions--it focuses upon God's justice instead of his love. According to Kvanvig the primary characteristic of God's nature is his love. Yet talk of justice dominates discussions upon hell. So Kvanvig crafts his own interesting and unique view of hell with an attempt to focus it around the love of God, not simply his justice. (I won't spoil the details.)

Personally, I was not entirely convinced by Kvanvig's case and question his understand of what divine love is. That being said, Kvanvig does raise very good arguments and needs to be engaged by anyone holding onto a Strong View of hell. I also felt as if his own view was a little under developed. Perhaps I am wrong and other readers will disagree with me.

Certainly worth reading.

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