A Theodicy of Hell
Seymour (Charles)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

Contents

  1. INTRODUCTION – 1
    1. Defining Hell – 1
    2. Goal of the Book – 9
    3. Assumptions – 12
      Notes - 13
  2. A BRIEF HISTORY OF HELL – 15
    1. Neutral Fate – 15
    2. Judging the Dead – 17
    3. Judeo-Christian Developments – 22
    4. Rejection of the Doctrine – 26
      Notes – 31
  3. THE ARGUMENT FROM JUSTICE – 37
    1. Summary of the Argument - 37
    2. Preliminary Responses: Augustine and Aquinas – 38
    3. The Classic Response: Anselm and Jonathan Edwards – 48
    4. Other Attempts to Prove the Infinite Seriousness of Sin – 77
    5. The Contemporary Response: Separationism – 81
    6. The Freedom View of Hell – 84
    7. Objections to the Freedom View – 86
    8. Conclusion – 89
      Notes – 90
  4. ARGUMENTS FROM DIVINE LOVE – 95
    1. Stump on Aquinas – 96
    2. Adams: The Argument From Impaired Freedom – 100
    3. Adams: The Argument From Foreknowledge – 103
    4. Talbott: The Incompatibility of Heaven and Hell – 122
    5. Conclusion – 132
      Notes – 133
  5. ARGUMENTS FROM HUMAN CHOICE – 135
    1. Adams: Free Choice and Experience – 135
    2. Talbott: Free Choice and Motive – 139
    3. Talbott's Argument: Contemporary Responses – 144
    4. Why Does God Allow Evil Motives? 147
    5. Hell and the Fall – 148
    6. The Value of Peccability – 150
    7. The Necessity of Peccability – 153
    8. Summary and Conclusion – 156
      Notes – 157
  6. THE FREEDOM VIEW COMPARED WITH RIVAL VERSIONS – 161
    1. The Version of Augustine and Aquinas – 164
    2. Two Contemporary Accounts of Hell – 173
    3. Hell or Annihilation? 182
    4. Conclusion – 184
      Notes – 185
  7. THEODICY AND THEOLOGY – 189
    1. Theological Implications of Theodicy – 189
    2. Theological Implications of the Freedom View – 192
    3. Conclusion: The Freedom View and Christian Confessions – 195
      Notes – 195
    WORKS CITED – 197
    INDEX – 205

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