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A Hell of a Choice: Reply to Talbott

Jerry L. Walls
Religious Studies
Vol. 40, No. 2 (Jun., 2004), pp. 203-216
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20008522
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A Hell of a Choice: Reply to Talbott
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Abstract

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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