Two Views of Hell: A Biblical and Theological Dialogue

By Edward William Fudge and Robert A. Peterson
Downers Grove, IL : InterVarsity (2000). 228 Pages.

Reviewed by Dr. Richard Mayhue
11.2 (Fall 2000) : 250-251

Two leading voices in the expanding discussion of whether hell is a place of eternal conscious torment for unbelievers or whether, after the final judgement, all unbelievers are totally put out of existence. Fudge champions the latter view in his book The Fire that Consumes: The Biblical Case for Conditional Immortality (Paternoster). Peterson strongly supports the former in his volume Hell On Trial: The Case for Eternal Punishment (Presbyterian and Reformed). In this helpful little volume, Fudge first makes the case for conditionalism to which Peterson writes a response (19-113). Peterson then does the same in support of the traditional view of hell which is followed by Fudge’s interaction (117-181). The great value of this book is that it makes available a very complex subject in scope of terms that Christian laymen can grasp.

The volume is well-documented by both sides. Also, it has very helpful indexes, e.g., names, subject, and Scripture. For those who have been confused as to what each side teaches or those who have been intimidated by the vast amount of complex material which needs to be digested to understand the subject, this little volume will bring helpful relief.

If your appetite is whetted by this subject/volume, you could expand on it by consulting The Master’s Seminary Journal, Fall 1998, which is exclusively devoted to the subject “Hell: Never, Forever, or Just for Awhile?”