Christianity Today’s Out of Ur blog commences ‘a new weekly series on Out of Ur about the doctrine of Hell’.
Firstly they offer a three minute video of N.T. Wright answering the question: ‘What is Hell like? Does it even exist?’
(This is the title of the video and Wright commences talking without a statement about the precise question to which he is responding.)
The answer seems to be ‘not very nice’ and ‘yes, but…’.
It’s really hard to tell just what is going on.
Here’s the video.
This reminds me of stuff I’ve read in Robert Farr Capon’s writings, which I figured was some form of neo-orthodoxy.
Everyone’s part of the party unless they choose not to come. God doesn’t make anyone come and He allows those who choose not to come to go their way. It is not universalism, exactly. It’s just the neigboring property with a lovely sundeck overlooking universalism.
The ideas of jugdement, punishment and eternal concious suffering don’t come into it.
It seems to be more a petulant distance outside a party that lasts for an indeterminate period of time. (Until you decide to come in?) (Perhaps some form of annhilationism.)
Wright does remark that our decisions in this life really do matter.
(If you go and read the comments at the Out of Ur post you can read one by someone who believes that Jesus did not believe in eternal judgement and that any of His sayings about Hell were later additions to the inspired text.)