Book Review: All You Want to Know About Hell by Steve Gregg

 

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All You Want to Know About Hell is a comparative theological study about the doctrine of hell. It compares three views about hell: the eternal view, the annihilational view, and the restoration (universalist) view. The first six chapters are devoted to exploring various issues like why the author choose to explore this issue, biblical passages like Lazarus and the Rich Man, exploring hell in its original Greek text (lexical analysis), the views of the early church. The next few parts of the book then go into the exploration of the three views, with the respective cases and the cross-examination for each case with each scholar giving their take using reasoning and whatever biblical verses to support their argument

This book is a very good introductory book into this subject. It’s easy to read and engaging. It’s also a very important theological subject, one that cannot be easily dismissed, since it is a very important part of the gospel. Although I do laud Steve Gregg for desiring to do a comparative analysis of the various views of hell, I do not think that it is entirely profitable for him to just leave three views up in the air and leave it up to the audience to decide which view is “correct.” This is not a peripheral issue like trying to figure out which millennial view or baptism view is correct. This is a foundational, core salvific issue that has only one correct answer and has been firmly established by the apostles and even by church fathers throughout history, and to err on this subject would make one simply a heretic. I have no problem at all with Gregg doing the comparative analysis thing. I just think as a Christian who needs to contend earnestly for the faith (Jude 3), that Gregg should’ve taken the approach to defend the eternal view of hell somewhere in the book, since that is the orthodox, historic view that was clearly taught by Jesus and the apostles and affirmed by the church fathers and Reformers, and only denied by the Watch Tower, false religions, and other false teachers.

In conclusion, I do think that this is a fascinating and profitable book for study. It’s not the best and most in depth book on the study of hell. But it is certainly a good intro into the subject, and may even be a good apologetics as to the defense of the faith against those who want to defend an erroneous position.