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Eternal Hope

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/9780198266389.003.0007
Eternal Hope

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In many respects, the debate between Farrar and Pusey only echoed the established arguments of earlier controversies: the appeal to a fixed, revealed doctrine on the one hand, and the protest against its morally intolerable nature on the other; a fear of giving a licence to sin on the one hand, and a fear of making it impossible for men to believe in a good God on the other; the pitting of text against text, and authority against authority. By 1880, the debate had quite clearly moved from whether eternal punishment was, or was not, the teaching of Scripture, to whether it could be shown to be morally defensible and consistent with contemporary ideas of progress and humanitarianism.

Keywords: eternal hope; Farrar; Pusey; progress; humanitarianism; eternal punishment

Chapter.  5811 words. 

Subjects: Christianity ; Christian Theology

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