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A Hell of a Choice: Reply to Talbott
Jerry L. Walls
Vol. 40, No. 2 (Jun., 2004), pp. 203-216
Published by: Cambridge University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20008522
Page Count: 14
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In this article I respond to Thomas Talbott's criticisms of the view of hell I have defended. In particular, I argue that coherent sense can be made of the choice to be eternally separated from God. Moreover, Talbott does not successfully show how God can save everyone without overriding their freedom. Finally, I argue that there is no significant sense in which sinners defeat God or sin with impunity on the view I have defended. Talbott's case that universalism necessarily follows from God's perfect love and power then fails.
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