The Fire That Consumes: A Biblical and Historical Study of the Doctrine of Final Punishment

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iUniverse, 2000 - Philosophy - 504 pages
Evangelical Christians agree that a dreadful destiny awaits those who reject Godí_s presence now. According to the traditional majority view, that destiny will involve everlasting conscious torment in hell. However, believers are increasingly questioning the traditional view, finding it unbiblical and inconsistent with Godí_s own character.

This internationally acclaimed book investigates the whole teaching of Scripture on the topic of final punishment, and concludes that hell will involve the irreversible destruction of body and soul, leaving room for whatever degree of conscious torment God justly decrees in any individual case. An Evangelical Book Club Selection.

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Fudge compares the traditionalist view on hell with view called Conditional Immortality. He is biased for Conditional Immortality and ends up finding it a better explanation. Seeing as I am also biased this way, I loved it. His research is very detailed and from my perspective he didn't seem to be unfair with the traditionalist viewpoint. 

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EDWARD FUDGE is a Bible teacher, preacher, and practicing attorney living in Houston, Texas. His internet publication, gracEmail, regularly encourages thousands of believers around the world. He has conducted retreats and special Bible studies for churches of many denominations in the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand. He is the author of "Hebrews: Ancient

Encouragement for Believers Today," "The Fire That Consumes," and other books. Edward and his wife Sara Faye have been married 44 years and have two grown children.

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