Do we need to rethink the traditional ‘eternal torment’ concept of hell? Rev Dr Robin Parry is prominent among a growing number of theologians around the world who are convinced the answer is ‘Yes’—and who claim furthermore that far from being heretical, this move will only lead us to a more coherent orthodoxy. This is not a new idea. Many significant Christian leaders in the early church embraced the belief in a final, universal restoration (an apokatastasis), believing it to be the teaching of the Bible. Robin argues that there are good reasons to agree with them.

At Gospel Conversations we believe that we need to get this hot topic of the ‘heresy’ list and back onto the discussion table. There is arguably no part of the modern Christian gospel that provides as great a stumbling block to faith as the ‘eternal torment’ version of ‘hell’. No Christian really likes this doctrine, yet we often feel compelled to believe it as an article of faith. But should we?

Robin Parry
Robin is a UK author, editor, and theologian. His books include The Evangelical Universalist, Worshipping Trinity, Deep Church Rising: The Third Schism and the Recovery of Christian Orthodoxy, and The Biblical Cosmos: A Pilgrims Guide to the Weird and Wonderful World of the Bible. He completed his PhD on Genesis 34 at the University of Gloucestershire.
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Tony Golsby-Smith
Tony has been the original architect of Gospel Conversations—rather like the conductor of an orchestra—in which his role as the conductor is to attract musicians who are better than he is. In many ways, Gospel Conversations is a journey of exploration shared by Tony and his good friends.
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Paul Oslington
Paul Oslington is an Australian economist. Inaugural Dean of Business and Professor of Economics at Alphacrucis College in Sydney Australia. From 2008-2013 he was Professor of Economics at Australian Catholic University where he held a joint appointment in the School of Business and School of Theology.
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