Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory
Will heaven be boring? How can a good and loving God send people to hell? Is there such a place as purgatory? If so, why is it necessary, if we're saved by grace? Questions about the afterlife abound. Given...
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Will heaven be boring? How can a good and loving God send people to hell? Is there such a place as purgatory? If so, why is it necessary, if we're saved by grace?
Questions about the afterlife abound. Given what is at stake, they are the most important questions we will ever consider. Recent years have seen a surge of Christian books written by people claiming to have received a glimpse of the afterlife, and numerous books, films, and TV shows have apocalyptic or postapocalyptic themes. Jerry Walls, a dynamic writer and expert on the afterlife, distills his academic writing on heaven, hell, and purgatory to offer clear biblical, theological, and philosophical grounding for thinking about these issues. He provides an ecumenical account of purgatory that is compatible with Protestant theology and defends the doctrine of eternal hell. Walls shows that the Christian vision of the afterlife illumines the deepest and most important issues of our lives, changing the way we think about happiness, personal identity, morality, and the very meaning of life.
Dr Jerry L. Walls (Ph.D., Department of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame) has taught at Asbury Seminary since 1987. His books include: The Problem of Pluralism: Recovering United Methodist Identity (Bristol Books); Hell: The Logic of Damnation (University of Notre Dame Press); C.S. Lewis and Francis Schaeffer: Lessons for a New Century from the Most Influential Apologists of Our Time (with Scott Burson, InterVarsity Press); Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy (Oxford); Why I Am not a Calvinist (with Asbury professor, Joe Dongell, Intervarsity Press); The Chronicles of Narnia and Philosophy (coedited with Gregory Bassham, Open Court Press). Forthcoming books include The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology (editor, Oxford University Press) and Basketball and Philosophy (co-edited with Gregory Bassham, The University of Kentucky Press). Dr. Walls is an elder in The United Methodist Church, West Ohio Conference, and is a member of the Society of Christian Philosophers.
- Will Heaven Be Boring? How Can A Good And Loving God Send People To Hell? Is There Such A Place As Purgatory? If So, Why Is It Necessary, If We're Saved By Grace?<br> <br> Questions About The Afterlife Abound. Given What Is At Stake, They Are The Most Important Questions We Will Ever Consider. Recent Years Have Seen A Surge Of Christian Books Written By People Claiming To Have Received A Glimpse Of The Afterlife, And Numerous Books, Films, And Tv Shows Have Apocalyptic Or Postapocalyptic Themes. Jerry Walls, A Dynamic Writer And Expert On The Afterlife, Distills His Academic Writing On Heaven, Hell, And Purgatory To Offer Clear Biblical, Theological, And Philosophical Grounding For Thinking About These Issues. He Provides An Ecumenical Account Of Purgatory That Is Compatible With Protestant Theology And Defends The Doctrine Of Eternal Hell. Walls Shows That The Christian Vision Of The Afterlife Illumines The Deepest And Most Important Issues Of Our Lives, Changing The Way We Think About Happiness, Personal Identity, Morality, And The Very Meaning Of Life.