Christ the Conqueror of Hell: The Descent Into Hades from an Orthodox Perspective

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St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2009 - Religion - 231 pages
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This in-depth study on the realm of death presents a message of hope held by the first generation of Christians and the early church. Using Scripture, patristic tradition, early Christian poetry, and liturgical texts, Archbishop Hilarion explores the mysterious and enigmatic event of Christ⿿s descent into Hades and its consequences for the human race. Insisting that Christ entered Sheol as Conqueror and not as victim, the author depicts the Lord⿿s descent as an event of cosmic significance opening the path to universal salvation. He also reveals Hades as a place of divine presence, a place where the spiritual fate of a person may still change. Reminding readers that self-will remains the only hindrance to life in Christ, he presents the gospel message anew, even in the shadow of death.

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This book deserves four stars just because of the subject that it is dealing with. So misunderstood in modern day Christendom, but something unashamedly set forth in this book. As a Reformed Baptist ... Read full review


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