I hope this is my 2nd to last post (I plan to provide some reflections from Bell’s book) in relation to the current discussion over Rob Bell, hell and universalism. Unless something else comes out that is news worthy then I’m done mentioning things directly related to Rob Bell at least.

Since the release of Bell’s book Love Wins there has been a wave of material (both old and new) from those who defend the Biblical position of hell that it is a real place (not merely an illusion or experience we create based on our choices) where people will consciously suffer forever apart from fellowship with God (not just here and now) unless they (in this life) personally and consciously believe in Jesus as their savior from their sins. I chose the words on purpose in an effort to communicate as clearly as I can what it is that the overwhelming majority of confessing orthodox evangelical Christians, from the first century to the present, have and do believe the Bible teaches about hell.

What I want to do with this post is provide you with links to a number of various kinds of resources to help you sift through many of the issues related to the discussion of hell and universalism. Some of them are free. Some of them are books. Some of them are audio resources. Some are introductory and some are more advanced. My goal is to lead you to resources that will aid and equip you in understanding what is going on from men much better than myself.

Books on the views of Hell:

Four Views on Hell Ed. by Gudry & Crockett

Two Views of Hell: A Biblical & Theological Dialogue by Fudge & Peterson

Hell Under Fire: Modern Scholarship Reinvents Eternal Punishment Ed. by Christopher & Morgan

Hell on Trial: The Case for Eternal Punishment by Robert Peterson

Whatever Happened to Hell by John Blanchard

The Doctrine of Endless Punishment by William T.G. Shedd

What Is Hell? by Peterson & Morgan

Jonathan Edwards on Hell:

Jonathan Edwards on Heaven & Hell by Sweeney & Strachan

Jonathan Edwards and Hell by Chris Morgan

Audio Resources on related issues:

D.A. Carson @ TGC

Panel discussion @ TGC

Panel discussion @ SBTS

R.C. Sproul’s 5 part series on the Doctrine of Hell

Book Reviews of Love Wins:

Kevin DeYoung

Tim Challies

Denny Burke

Christianity Today Magazine

Louis from Baker Book House

Aaron Armstrong

Other Related Resources:

Al Mohler has a number of good articles on various subjects

The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God by D.A. Carson

Carl Trueman responds to Bell’s use of Luther to support his argument

Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine by Gregg Allison – Part 7 deals with a history of the churches position on the doctrine of Future Things including Heaven, Hell, Final Judgment and Eternal Punishment

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