Rethinking Hell Book Announcement!



We’ve hinted at it here and there, but we had to keep it on the down low. Now that contracts have been signed and accepted, we are excited to be able to officially announce the upcoming publication of our very first book, Rethinking Hell: Readings in Evangelical Conditionalism! (Cover design in image at left is indicative only.) Wipf & Stock (W&S), the publishers of the 3rd edition of Edward Fudge’s The Fire That Consumes, has agreed to publish our book as well, very likely in time for our upcoming conference in July, 2014.

Rethinking Hell: Readings in Evangelical Conditionalism has been edited by Chris Date, Greg Stump, and Joshua Anderson, and includes original introductory chapters by Peter Grice and Glenn Peoples, as well as a foreword written by Professor John Stackhouse Jr. The book brings together in a single, convenient publication the often difficult to obtain works of a variety of authors articulating and defending conditional immortality and the annihilation of the finally impenitent, or defending it as a view an evangelical can legitimately espouse. Authors and their reproduced works include:

Edward Fudge
“The Final End of the Wicked” (JETS 27:3)
Stephen Travis
Excerpts from I Believe in the Second Coming of Jesus
John Stott
Excerpts from Evangelical Essentials
Clark Pinnock
“The Destruction of the Finally Impenitent” (Criswell Theological Review 4:2)
John Wenham
“The Case for Conditional Immortality” from Universalism and the Doctrine of Hell
Basil Atkinson
Excerpts from Life and Immortality
E. Earle Ellis
“New Testament Teaching on Hell” from Eschatology in Bible and Theology
Ralph Bowles
“Does Revelation 14:11 Teach Eternal Torment?” (Evangelical Quarterly 73:1)
Harold Guillebaud
Excerpts from The Righteous Judge
Anthony Thiselton
Excerpts from Life After Death
Philip E. Hughes
Excerpts from The True Image
Henry Constable
Excerpts from The Duration and Nature of Future Punishment
Christopher Marshall
Excerpts from Beyond Retribution
Nigel Wright
Excerpts from The Radical Evangelical
Richard Swinburne
Excerpts from Responsibility and Atonement
Kim Papaioannou
Excerpts from The Geography of Hell in the Teaching of Jesus
LeRoy E. Froom
Excerpts from The Conditionalist Faith of Our Fathers
Evangelical Alliance
Excerpts from The Nature of Hell (ACUTE Report)
Roger Olson
Excerpts from The Mosaic of Christian Belief
Ben Witherington III
Excerpts from The Bible and Culture blog posts

When my friend and fellow Rethinking Hell contributor, Greg Stump, originally told me about his dream of publishing a book compiling what many authors before us have variously written in defense of conditionalism, it seemed like a bit of a pipe dream. Later, Greg reported to us that he had had an opportunity to pitch his book idea to John Wipf, co-founder of W&S, who liked the idea and said it sounded like exactly the sort of thing they would publish. What at first seemed like little more than a dream was beginning to seem possible. And then, not long after submitting an official proposal form, I nearly fainted in shock when I received the email telling us W&S had accepted our proposal.

Since then Greg, Joshua and I have been frantically preparing the manuscript for delivery to W&S on December 31st: transcribing originals; writing prefaces and introductions; securing licenses to republish excerpts; and much, much more. The Lord has blessed us and things have come together nearly without a hitch, and we’re confident that wherever you currently stand on the issue of hell, you’ll be personally edified by Rethinking Hell: Readings in Evangelical Conditionalism. And if you’re already convinced of conditionalism, you might want to consider giving the book as a gift to your traditionalist friends and family.

Though not yet officially available for pre-order through W&S and other retailers, Rethinking Hell: Readings in Evangelical Conditionalism is available as an optional addition to your conference registration or sponsorship package, available for purchase now. Reserve your copy today, and pick it up and have it signed in-person in July!

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