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A Theodicy of Hell

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Part of the Studies in Philosophy and Religion book series (STPAR, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Charles Seymour
    Pages 1-14
  3. Charles Seymour
    Pages 15-35
  4. Charles Seymour
    Pages 37-94
  5. Charles Seymour
    Pages 95-134
  6. Charles Seymour
    Pages 135-159
  7. Charles Seymour
    Pages 161-187
  8. Charles Seymour
    Pages 189-196
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 197-210

About this book


In A Theodicy of Hell Charles Seymour tackles one of the most difficult problems facing the western theistic tradition: to show the consonance between eternal punishment and the goodness of God. Medieval theology attempted to resolve the dilemma by arguing that any sin, no matter how slight, merits unending torment. Contemporary thinkers, on the other hand, tend to eliminate the retributive element from hell entirely. Combining historical breadth with detailed argumentation, the author develops a novel understanding of hell which avoids the extremes of both its traditional and modern rivals. He then surveys the battery of objections ranged against the possibility of eternal punishment and shows how his `freedom view of hell' can withstand the attack. The work will be of particular importance for those interested in philosophy of religion and theology, including academics, students, seminarians, clergy, and anyone else with a personal desire to come to terms with this perennially challenging doctrine.


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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Theodicy of Hell
  • Authors C. Seymour
  • Series Title Studies in Philosophy and Religion
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-6364-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-5478-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-0604-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 210
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Epistemology
    Religious Studies, general
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'I gladly recommend the book as a rich source of intriguing philosophical arguments.'
International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 52 (2002)