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Hell: A Final Word by Edward W. Fudge
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Hell: A Final Word

by Edward W. Fudge

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The story behind Edward's original research project has inspired a full-length feature movie set for release in 2012. Titled Hell and Mr. Fudge, the film features Mackenzie Astin as the adult Edward and Keri Lynn Pratt as his wife Sara Faye (pictured left). To learn more and to see a trailer, go to www.hellandmrfudge.com.… (more)

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Looks at all the references in the Bible about hell, final end for the lost, etc. and ends up promoting annihilation. ( )
  Agape | Jul 13, 2013 |
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In this book, Fudge espouses annihilationism. He does not believe that hell is the eternal torment of people who do not place their faith in Christ. Instead, those people cease to exist.
  Lenow | Nov 1, 2012 |
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A short-hand explanation of the author's research and conclusions regarding hell, marketed as a companion to a movie coming out in the near future.

The author stops at nothing to prejudice the reader toward himself and his views with no end of rhetoric which would be intolerable in a truly academic setting. He expects the reader to agree with him, seeks to first prejudice the reader toward him, presents the evidence as he wishes, minimizes the evidence which is inconvenient for his position, and then expects the reader to make their decision purely on the basis of what he has written. Throughout he speaks uncharitably toward those who do not accept his position.

It would seem that the position the author advances is worthy of consideration and more robust analysis, and the author has presented two other books referred to in this book (which I have not personally read) which, I hope, provide that more thorough analysis.

Therefore, it is hard to really see this book as anything but a way to capitalize on the interest generated by the movie and to gain adherents for a position using less-than-honest methods in the name of "simplicity" and a resistance toward critical thinking or examination of the other side. It is hard to read this book and not think of the proverb, "the one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him" (Proverbs 18:17).

If you're interested in a more simplistic and highly prejudiced defense of conditional annihilationism, this book is for you. If you're looking for a well-reasoned analysis which takes detractions seriously, it won't be found here. One has to wonder why the author seems so concerned with critical thinking regarding his position and feels compelled to argue the case like a defense lawyer. ( )
  deusvitae | Aug 11, 2012 |
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While some have criticized "Hell: A Final Word" for being too shallow or fast to make conclusions, this book is in essence a summary or follow up to his much larger book, "The Fire That Consumes." His original book is the more thought out, all encompassing volume. This smaller version gives a quick, still detailed overview of his argument that Scripturally, Hell is a place of final destruction for the wicked (known traditionally as annihilationism). Fudge compares this view with the orthodox view of eternal suffering and misery instead. I imagine that Fudge would be quite happy with the result of my reading: while not completely converted to the idea of annihilationism, I am passionate about researching the topic more thoroughly. While the traditional view is more readily accepted and taught, there are serious issues with its Scriptural basis in both Old and New Testament. I found Fudge's book to be a well written, humble, and Bible centered book that focused more on finding the real truth of God rather than proving himself to be right. Definitely a must read for Christians trying to understand their faith or for non-Christians who oppose the traditional view of hell. ( )
  agglendening | Jun 25, 2012 |
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'Hell A Final Word' is the story about how Edward Fudge came to write his earlier book 'The Fire That Consumes' which inspired the movie "Hell and Mr. Fudge."(2012) Fudge promotes the idea that Hell is not a place of eternal punishment, but rather where the bodies and souls of the unsaved are completely destroyed in the 'Second Death'.

On the plus side Fudge does present a biography of himself and what motivated him to do the research on the subject of Hell. He clearly states his position and presents to the reader a logical argument based on Scripture. The book is easy to read and well organized. And there is a quiz at the end.

On the negative side, the book is basically an advertisement to see the movie that is about to be released. In addition to the many references to the movie in the book, the picture on the back cover is of the actors who are portraying Mr and Mrs Fudge in the film. Also if the reader wants a in depth study on this concept of Hell they would be better off getting the original book as this book only provides a quick summery. ( )
  OccamsHammer | Jun 23, 2012 |
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