The Dark Side of Destiny: Hell Re-Examined

The Dark Side of Destiny: Hell Re-Examined


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Discussion of Hell is hotter than ever. Yet for all the attention the topic has drawn, few are the resources that provide an overview of the major points in dispute without bogging down in detail.

The Dark Side of Destiny: Hell Re-examined is an excellent primer, yet goes beyond a mere description of options. Dr. Crofford weighs various views of Hell in the light of Scripture and finds them wanting. In the end, he champions a neglected view of last things that both responds better to the preponderance of biblical evidence and safeguards the character of God as equitable, holy, and loving.

With probing discussion questions at the end of short chapters, The Dark Side of Destiny is ideal for Bible studies, Sunday school classes, or small groups.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625642813
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 11/14/2013
Pages: 92
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Gregory Crofford (PhD, University of Manchester) is a veteran missionary with the Church of the Nazarene, serving as a theological educator and educational administrator. Currently, he is Coordinator for Education and Clergy Development on the Africa Region. Past positions include Director of the Institut Theologique Nazareen (2009-13), Director of the Seminaire Theologique Nazareen d'Haiti (2004-05), missionary to Cote d'Ivoire and Benin (1994-03) and pastor in Sedalia, Missouri (1989-93). Crofford is an ordained Nazarene elder in the Church of the Nazarene and a member of the Wesleyan Theological Society. Dr. Crofford addresses a variety of issues and invites dialogue on his theology weblog at For an abridged academic CV, visit the Manchester Wesley Research Center at

Table of Contents

About the Author ix

Foreword xi

Prologue xiii

1 The God of Fair Play 1

2 Our Loving and Holy God 7

3 Back on Your Heads! 13

4 Are There Second Chances after Death? 21

5 What Are We, Anyways? 35

6 The Bright Side of Destiny: Resurrection, Reward, and Immortality 45

7 The Dark Side of Destiny: Resurrection, Punishment, and Destruction 53

8 Answering Objections 61

Epilogue 67

For Further Reading 71

Bibliography 73

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