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In A Theodicy of Hell Charles Seymour tackles essentially the most tough difficulties dealing with the western theistic culture: to teach the consonance among everlasting punishment and the goodness of God. Medieval theology tried to solve the obstacle by means of arguing that any sin, irrespective of how mild, benefits endless torment. modern thinkers, nonetheless, are inclined to dispose of the retributive point from hell completely. Combining historic breadth with distinct argumentation, the writer develops a unique knowing of hell which avoids the extremes of either its conventional and sleek competitors. He then surveys the battery of objections ranged opposed to the opportunity of everlasting punishment and indicates how his `freedom view of hell' can stand up to the assault. The paintings may be of specific significance for these attracted to philosophy of faith and theology, together with lecturers, scholars, seminarians, clergy, and someone else with a private wish to come to phrases with this perennially tough doctrine.

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Suppose then that on a Friday night Bob commits adultery with the intention of continuing to commit adultery perpetually. On Saturday he heroically saves a child from drowning with the intention of saving people's lives perpetually. Adultery deserves punishment, but saving lives deserves rewards. If Gregory's principle of intention is correct, then Bob merits both eternal punishment and eternal reward. Since this consequence of the principle seems contradictory, the principle should be rejected.

Bernstein 139. 4. Georges Minois, Histoire de [,Enfer (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1994) 10-12. 5. Minois 17. 6. C. J. Dillon, "Sheol," The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Religion, ed. Paul Kevin Meagher, Thomas C. O'Brien, and Sister Consuelo Maria Aherne (Washington, D. : Corpus Publications, 1979) 3288. 7. Minois 11. 8. Bernstein 33. 9. Homer, The Odyssey, trans. Robert Fitzgerald (New York: Vintage, 1990) 204. 10. Homer 204-205. A Brief History of Hell 33 11. Stephen Davis, "Universalism, Hell, and the Fate of the Ignorant," Modern Theology 6 (1990): 178.

Brief is the life granted us by nature, but the memory of a life nobly sacrificed is eternal. "so As we have seen in this section, belief in hell has been dismissed both because of its origin as a "monstrous invention of the poets and painters," and because of its effects on morality. It has been praised for the same reasons, as seen in Polybius. Nor is this approach unique to ancient pagan thinkers. Many a Christian has claimed that without the threat of eternal punishment, wickedness will grow unchecked; or, on the liberal end, that it was an invention of the early church But historical and sociological in response to oppression and martyrdom.

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