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Hell Dismissed with Costs

Geoffrey Rowell

in Hell and the Victorians

Published in print May 1974 | ISBN: 9780198266389
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683022 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266389.003.0006
Hell Dismissed with Costs

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One of the most celebrated of the nineteenth-century controversies concerning eternal punishment was the lawsuit brought against the Reverend H. B. Wilson for passages in his essay on the national Church in the volume Essays and Reviews. In his essay, Wilson had pleaded for a greater comprehensiveness in the national Church, and had tended to discount doctrinal orthodoxy in comparison with the moral quality of a man's life. The controversy over Essay and Reviews made the inspiration and authority of the Bible and the doctrine of eternal punishment matters of public debate greater than had previously been the case. The second section examines Thomas Rawson Birks's Victory of the Divine Goodness. The third section examines two universalists Andrew Jukes and Samuel Cox. The fourth section looks at the debate about immortality.

Keywords: Thomas Rawson Birks; universalists; hell; Andrew Jukes; Samuel Cox; immortality; eternal punishment; H.B. Wilson

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Subjects: Christianity ; Christian Theology

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