Saturday, 19 March 2011

What Is Hell Like? Does It Even Exist? NT Wright on 100 Huntley Street (HD)

Interesting thoughts on hell.  The conclusion reminds me a lot of CS Lewis's The Last Battle, only without so many dwarves and talking animals.


  1. Richard Matcham28 March 2011 at 17:32

    I liked what he said, except the rather wooly bit at 2.31 where he talks of Hell as a "progressive shrinking of human life."

    Annihilation is the seemingly obvious concequence when put like that, but I don't think Wrighty advocates that option.

    But what does that statement really mean? Eternal shrinking? Eh?

  2. You have a point, but I think the best description I can think of is CS Lewis' The Great Divorce.
    My problem with NT Wright here is that it almost sounds as though damnation were a purely human choice, in which we are the only agents. CS Lewis takes it further, to suggest that along with the progressive shrinking of human life there will be an eventual judgement on that choice to refuse the life of God. I do like the way in which he expands the notion of hell from being a purely punitive place of torment to think about what it means for a human to be disentagled from God completely.