Although Fudge published several books, only The Fire That Consumes has been through multiple editions. The first. The Fire That Consumes [Edward Fudge] is 20% off every day at WipfandStock. com. Evangelical Christians affirm together that a dreadful. Since the publication of its first edition in , Edward Fudge’s bookThe Fire that Consumeshas been the fullest and most thorough exposition and defense of.

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Fudge presents a strong positive case from scripture that the wicked will ultimately “die” rather than assigned to a place of eternal suffering.

Thus, in the coming of Christ, only the righteous will gain immortality and live forever in fellowship with God. Alternate views of “eternal damnation”.

It is not a “destruction” that leaves one endlessly alive and in pain. The book has one chapter on the Apostolic Fathers and their successors, one on the apologists, one on Augustine, one dealing with theologians from the Middle Ages to the Reformation, one on John Calvin, and several chapters dealing with the current discussion on hell and the destiny of the wicked.

For Fudge, the traditional understanding of Hell eternal conscious torment upon the death for all unsaved needs to be reconsidered in light of the biblical and historical data. Promulgated by Tertullian, Augustine, and Calvin, each presuming the arguments of the former again, going back to Platohell as a place of unending conscious torment has been squarely and unquestionably set in both Catholic and Protestant traditions.

His mother was the child of missionaries to southern Africa, and his father was a Christian publisher and a minister in Churches of Christ. He seeks to study every passage in the Bible that deals with the final destiny of the wicked.

Most who grow up in such churches eventually become uneasy with such a doctrine. I haven’t read it, but since the arguments are all essentially the same, you might as well by the updated one.


Edward Fudge’s analysis in The Fire That Consumes has convinced me that annihilation is the best and most Biblical view of hell.

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Want to Read saving…. Greg Stump rated it it was amazing Sep 09, This incredible work explores the doctrine of hell in a comprehensive, even handed, way–while promoting the position of conditionalism. However, believers are increasingly questioning the traditional view, finding it unbiblical and inconsistent with God’s gire character.

Fudge’s arguments against a traditional view of hell are quite compelling. His historical analysis of the church fathers and Christian theologians shows that the earliest view of hell was annihilation, and that it was only later under the influence of Greek philosophy that the mistake of seeing hell gire eternal torture crept into church doctrine.

He also wrote books on other topics, including a commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews and a book on the topic of receiving guidance from God. The Fire That Consumes: Here is how universalism is defined: Now, where do I stand on this issue? Thus, when others in the vision suffer the fate of eternal torment in the lake of fire, that that represents real life destruction of the things they represent.

Fudge has authored a number of books, including, Two Views of Hell: I have heard many modern messages say Jesus speaks more of hell than of heaven; and technically this is not true. A good place to start fudgr be my article about body soul spirit under bible studies.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Noel rated it it was amazing Jul 27, The Surprising Truths I Found in the Biblehe makes the data accessible to a popular audience.

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. Mar 07, Danny rated it it was amazing Shelves: Because the traditional view of Hell as a place of eternal torment is not only popular but also has, at first glance, some scriptural basis, it is important that a book address the many such claims adequately.

Especially since the weight of his arguments come not from tradition or sentiment, as some of the arguments for even some of the best theologians do, but clearly they come directly from Scripture.

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This is when I came across The Fire That Consumes, and saw that my emerging thoughts were identical to what I found in this book. So I did appreciate his relative brevity, while being as thorough as he was. But the doctrine remains curiously under-represented over here in North America, and many evangelical and Reformed individuals and institutions insist on what they call “eternal conscious torment” which I find an odd term, since torment entails consciousness as a nonnegotiable tenet of the faith.

The Fire That Consumes: A Review | Dr. Claude Mariottini – Professor of Old Testament

Mariottini, Greetings and thanks for presenting this review. Universalism emphasizes that since the Lord does not want anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance 2 Peter 3: This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

October 4, at 7: Two Views of Hell: Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. There are several reasons why Fudge advocates conditionalism. This could even get rid of the hostile “Christian” street corner sandwich board guy. The Teachings of Jesus in National Context and other works of eschatological and cultural significance. I greatly appreciated one of the author’s final points concerning future things expressed in the Bible.

Yes, this view is different the the Jehovah’s Witnesses view of annihilation which doesn’t affirm a resurrection of both the wicked and the just. Want to Read saving…. Most who grow up in such churches eventually be Growing up in American evangelical Christianity there were a few things that were a given, one of them was belief in hell as eternal conscious torment.