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Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: Rethinking the Things That Matter Most

Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: Rethinking the Things That Matter Most

by Jerry L. Walls


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Will heaven be boring? How can a good and loving God send people to hell? Is there such a place as purgatory? If so, why is it necessary, if we're saved by grace?

Questions about the afterlife abound. Given what is at stake, they are the most important questions we will ever consider. Recent years have seen a surge of Christian books written by people claiming to have received a glimpse of the afterlife, and numerous books, films, and TV shows have apocalyptic or postapocalyptic themes. Jerry Walls, a dynamic writer and expert on the afterlife, distills his academic writing on heaven, hell, and purgatory to offer clear biblical, theological, and philosophical grounding for thinking about these issues. He provides an ecumenical account of purgatory that is compatible with Protestant theology and defends the doctrine of eternal hell. Walls shows that the Christian vision of the afterlife illumines the deepest and most important issues of our lives, changing the way we think about happiness, personal identity, morality, and the very meaning of life.

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ISBN-13: 9781587433566
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/03/2015
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jerry L. Walls (PhD, University of Notre Dame), a world-class expert on the afterlife and a sought-after speaker, has written for Christianity Today, First Things, and Christian Century. He has appeared on NPR's Talk of the Nation and in the documentary film Hellbound? Walls, professor of philosophy and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University in Houston, Texas, is the coauthor of Why I Am Not a Calvinist and the Christianity Today Book Award Winner Good God: The Theistic Foundations of Morality. He has authored or edited a dozen books, including a trilogy on the afterlife—Hell: The Logic of Damnation, Purgatory: The Logic of Total Transformation, and Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy.

Table of Contents

1. Heaven, Trinity, and the Meaning of Life
2. Consolation Measures When the Dream Has Died
3. If God Is Love, Why Is There a Hell?
4. If We Are Saved by Grace, Why Do We Need Purgatory?
5. Saving Souls and/or Bodies: Personal Identity in the Afterlife
6. Wiping Away Every Tear? The Afterlife and the Problem of Evil
7. Ultimate Motivation: Heaven, Hell, and the Ground of Morality
8. His Mercy Endures Forever—Even beyond the Grave?
Conclusion: "Can You Believe It?"

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