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Survival of the Fittest

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/9780198266389.003.0009
Survival of the Fittest

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The basic doctrine of conditionalism was that God created man mortal but with a capacity for immortality. At the Fall of man, God passed a sentence of death on man, but in his mercy did not put it into effect, so that, with the coming of Christ, immortality might be offered to man again. This immortal life was only to be gained by faith in Christ, though an increasing number of conditionalist divines allowed that those non-Christians who lived according to their own highest lights would be given the opportunity of responding in faith to Christ and so sharing in his immortal life. Those who did not have faith in Christ were unfit to receive the gift of immortality, and so were annihilated. In support of their theology, the conditionalists were able to point to a certain amount of evidence from the Bible and the history of Christian doctrine.

Keywords: conditionalism; conditionalists; immortality; God; immortal life; faith

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