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John Finnis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580095

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580095.001.0001

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Hell and Hope

Hell and Hope

(p.368) 24 Hell and Hope
Religion and Public Reasons

John Finnis

Oxford University Press

This chapter, unpublished from the 1990s, contests the thesis of Hans Urs von Balthasar that it is legitimate to hope that Hell will be found to have no human person ‘in it’. The doctrine of Hell is expounded in its own right (not least its difference from human conceptions of punishment), and in contrast with liberalized Christianity, and the new arguments of the Swiss theologian prove on analysis, it is argued, to be incoherent, and incompatible with the image and character of Christ as teacher and with a just appreciation of Augustine of Hippo.

Keywords:   Hell, von Balthasar, liberalized Christianity, Augustine of Hippo, human punishments

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