The Fire That Consumes

the-fire-that-consumes-a-biblical-and-historical-study-of-the-doctrine-of-final-punishment-3rd-edA Biblical and Historical Study of the Doctrine of Final Punishment

Third Edition

* Updates original edition after three decades.

* Interacts throughout with 17 traditionalist authors.

* The view between extremes.


“The standard reference on annihilationism.” (Christianity Today)

“I commend this book warmly . . . to which everyone engaged with this issue will constantly return.”
(Richard Bauckham, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies, The University of St. Andrews, Scotland; now at The University of Cambridge, U.K.)

“A definitive work for years to come.” (John Franke, D.Phil – Oxford)

“A tour de force . . . The book to deal with now” (Louis McBride, Baker Book House Church Connection).

JOHN STOTT, London, England, U.K.: Tentatively holds to the view set forth in this book.

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September 2011
Lanier Theological Library Lecture Series
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Reviews of books written in response to The Fire That Consumes . . .

Robert Morey, Death and the Afterlife

Larry Dixon, The Other Side of the Good News: confronting the contemporary challenges to Jesus’ teaching on hell

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READ a brief summary of the biblical material discussed in The Fire That Consumes:  Summary

READ an excerpt of the book here: Excerpt from The Fire That Consumes

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WATCH a three-hour seminar by Edward on this topic, as recorded at Christian Gospel Temple in Cross Plains, Tennessee in August 2008 : Click here.

TEST your Bible knowledge on the subject of final punishment, but be warned that you might be surprised by what you find here! Click here 

LEARN from these cross-current presentations by Prof. Jonn McKinley (for eternal torment) and by Edward Fudge (for conditional immortality), at Biola University in Los Angeles in May 2011 Click here.

ENJOY an interview with Edward on this topic in Modern Reformation magazine here.

UNDERSTAND the influence of this book in stimulating a rethinking of the nature of hell by evangelicals around the world. In an article published in Vox Evangelica 24 (1994), p. 63-76, British scholar Alan M. Linfield summarizes the controversy and provides international perspective here.

DELIGHT in a multimedia presentation on this subject from New Zealand (including reviews of this book) here.