Book Review: Four Views on Hell

April 1, 2016 11:23 pm


Counterpoints Bible & Theology continue in the series with the subject of hell, which is another cardinal doctrine that has split views. This book documents all four of them: eternal punishment, annihilationism, restorationism, and purgatory. The last category belongs mainly in the Roman Catholic church, but is nevertheless one of the views of postmodern punishment.

This book, as with most of the others in the series, documents each position well, and includes a fascinating response/rebuttal from the other three authors. It is short, and easy to read. As with all foundational doctrines, the topic of hell directly relates to the gospel message, therefore it is not a light doctrine to tamper with. I am with the orthodox view concerning the eternality of hell, and this book pretty much affirms what I believe Scripture to be saying regarding eternal life and eternal punishment. However, I still find the counterarguments to be insightful, no matter how many interpretative problems or subjective opinions are fused into their arguments.

Four Views on Hell is a book I would recommend if you are interested in learning about how all sides argue for their case. You should definitely come to a firm conclusion about what you believe on this issue (since it is a major gospel issue), but be equipped with the counterarguments for the sake of your apologetics.

Note: I received this book complimentary from I was not obligated to give a good review, but only my honest response.