Autonomy, Finality, and Thechoice Model of Hell

Jonathan L Kvanvig

in Destiny and Deliberation

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199696574
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732270 | DOI:
Autonomy, Finality, and Thechoice Model of Hell

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In the context of traditional Christianity, the doctrine of the afterlife is pervaded with the concept of finality. Hell is described as the ‘second death’, and the apocalyptic imagery includes a description of a Final Judgment involving a great white throne. It is natural to think of such finality in terms of the language of ‘once and for all’: there is a determinate consummation toward which history is aimed, a point at which one' s fate for all eternity is settled once and for all. When clarified in such terms, contemporary philosophical thought about Hell seems seriously deficient. This chapter investigates the issue of finality to determine whether and how contemporary thinking about Hell can be reconciled with it.

Keywords: finality; hell; Christianity; afterlife; second death

Chapter.  9926 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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