Episode 44 – What’s the Deal with Hell?

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Kainos Project
Episode 44 - What's the Deal with Hell?

While most healthy people really don’t like the idea of it, hell is a central part of Christian theology. But what you might be surprised to find is that your understanding of what hell is may not be the only viable view.

So in this episode, we explore three different understanding of hell that have existed in the Church through the millennia. And while we can’t endorse universalism based on what we know from Scripture, the other two views both have interesting biblical arguments to consider.

Here are the three views we explore. As we discuss each view, we point out notable Christians who have subscribed to it, its guiding principles, as well as the biblical passages that have been used to support it.

  • Eternal Conscious Torment
  • Annihilationism / Terminal Punishment / Conditional Immortality
  • Universalism

Here are the links to the resources we reference in this episode. Please note that citing these sources isn’t necessarily an endorsement of all their ideas, particularly with regard to those who argue for universalism.


It's helpful to know that the view of hell you were raised on isn't necessarily the only biblical view. Share on X Not all these views on hell can be true, but it's important to sift and weigh each of them. Share on X Will the intermediary place of Hades be the same experience as the final judgment Hell? Maybe, maybe not. Share on X In the bible, eternal is both a duration of time and a qualitative description of what that time will be like. Share on X The idea of the intrinsically immortal soul was a platonic idea that may or may not have been in the mind of those writing the scriptures. Share on X All the words that are used to speak about eternal judgment in the bible point to its finality. Share on X

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