By Charles Seymour (auth.)
In A Theodicy of Hell Charles Seymour tackles some of the most tricky 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 drawback through arguing that any sin, irrespective of how moderate, advantages endless torment. modern thinkers, nevertheless, are inclined to cast off the retributive aspect from hell totally. Combining old breadth with distinctive argumentation, the writer develops a unique realizing of hell which avoids the extremes of either its conventional and glossy competitors. He then surveys the battery of objections ranged opposed to the potential of everlasting punishment and indicates how his `freedom view of hell' can stand up to the assault. The paintings can be of specific value for these drawn to philosophy of faith and theology, together with teachers, scholars, seminarians, clergy, and an individual else with a private wish to come to phrases with this perennially hard doctrine.
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In his Tusculan Disputations the characters "A" and "M" argue about whether death is an evil. A thinks it is, and M does not, but they both agree that hell is a superstitious fable: 28 Chapter2 M. Tell me, I beseech you, are you afraid of the three-headed Cerberus in the sahdes below, and the roaring waves of Cocytus, and the passage over Acheron, and Tantalus expiring with thirst, while the water touches his chin; and Sisyphus, "Who sweats with arduous toil in vain I The steepy summit of the mount to gain"?
A Theodicy of Hell by Charles Seymour (auth.)