To continue the recent discussions of hell, let me ask the wise folks of PB for their collective wisdom.
I was reading a recent article by Wilko Van Holten entitled “Can the Traditional View of Hell be Defended? An Evaluation of Some Arguments for Eternal Punishment” in Anglican Theological Review–not a journal I normally read, but I figured “What the hell?” (Ok, no more bad puns in this post, I promise).
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I found the following quite interesting. Van Holten is discussing the fact that in much recent literature on hell, the traditional view is rejected summarily.
The doctrinal report The Mystery of Salvation by the Doctrine Commission of the Church of England is no exception in this respect: after the brief observation that in the churches in the Western world there is “a growing sense that the picture of a God who consigns millions to eternal torment is far removed from the revelation of God’s love in Christ” (199) it goes on to affirm the doctrine of annihilationism instead (458).
Two questions. (1) Do any of you know if this is, in fact, a true description of the Commission’s report (i.e., that it recommends annihilationism)? (2) What, if any, is the authority of this Comission within the Anglican Fellowship?
OK, so these aren’t very philosophical questions. But I ask them nonetheless.