Hell and Hope

John Finnis

in Religion and Public Reasons

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199580095
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729416 | DOI:
Hell and Hope

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This chapter, unpublished from the 1990s, contests the thesis of Hans Urs von Balthasar that it is legitimate to hope that Hell will be found to have no human person ‘in it’. The doctrine of Hell is expounded in its own right (not least its difference from human conceptions of punishment), and in contrast with liberalized Christianity, and the new arguments of the Swiss theologian prove on analysis, it is argued, to be incoherent, and incompatible with the image and character of Christ as teacher and with a just appreciation of Augustine of Hippo.

Keywords: Hell; von Balthasar; liberalized Christianity; Augustine of Hippo; human punishments

Chapter.  5593 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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