Losing Your Soul

Jonathan L Kvanvig

in Destiny and Deliberation

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199696574
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732270 | DOI:
Losing Your Soul

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This chapter focuses on the loss of soul theory, an ambitious approach to the problem of explaining the falsity of universalism and the permanence of Hell. While it is true that any account of Hell can be supplemented with the idea of loss of soul, the theory considered here attempts to use the idea of loss of soul to shore up a difficulty faced by the Choice Model when universalism is rejected. To some, this problem has appeared to be so severe that it requires a limitation on the explanatory scope of the Choice Model, so that permanence is accounted for in other ways, even if initial presence in Hell is a matter of choice. A full defence of the loss of soul explanation insists that no such limitation is warranted, and that a better explanation of permanence is found in full commitment to the Choice Model combined with the loss of soul idea. It is argued that the loss of soul theory has fairly good prospects for defending the insistence on a full commitment to an anti-universalist understanding of the Choice Model, but that it is less successful in defending the idea that loss of soul provides a good account of the permanence of Hell. The chapter begins by defending the full commitment to the Choice Model that the loss of soul theory needs. After doing so, it explains more precisely the idea of loss of soul that is needed by the theory in question, and then the author's reservations about it.

Keywords: hell; lost soul theory; universalism; Choice Model

Chapter.  11557 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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