N.T. Wright on Hell

Derek Ouellette —  December 22, 2009

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  • H Heimann

    What happens to the dehumanized people that refuse to be Gods’ image bearers? If heaven and earth become one place then where do the dehumanized people go? Anihilated? What?

  • http://covenantoflove.net Derek Ouellette

    That’s a very good question to which I’d like to know. But here’s another one…

    If resolutely rejecting God mean’s a slow degression of humanity (and I believe it does), what does a non-human person look like, not physically, but conceptually? What is a non-human former human?

    Maybe Wright does believe in Annihilation?

  • http://www.drewchapados.net Drew Chapados

    I think Wright does go along with annihilation (not exactly sure about that–been a while since I read his views on that subject)–but there is much to be said about how we read the texts Jesus used to describe ‘Gehenna’ and such. We can all be guilty of reading literally where we have been traditionally taught to and then reading figuratively where we have been traditionally taught to and end up perhaps missing the plainer simpler teaching that sweeps through Scripture.
    Good video–Lewis had some similar inklings but didn’t pursue them as far as Wright does now.

  • http://covenantoflove.net Derek Ouellette

    I like how Wright talks about “sign posts”. Someone commented on this post elsewhere stating that he believes N.T. Wright is not making a move towards “annihilation”. His concern in the interview above (according to this person who commented) is not wheather or not hell exists. Wrights concern is how Western Christian thought has talked about hell.

    Personally, if Wright is correct that the language of Hell in the scriptures are “sign posts” pointing to something (and I think he is), the question we need to ask is: “to what is it point to?”