N.T. Wright on Hell

Worth a listen. Well said. I’ll write on the topic a little later…


  1. sergieyes says

    Bishop Wright seems to be in the same theology as C.S.Lewis. Lewis states that after a lot of dialogue,God can say to us: “Your (human ) will be done.” Further,Lewis states that Hell is locked on the inside–those who state to God, “my will be done” could go forth from Hell but choose not to.

  2. Syrian Fire says

    I always like NT Wright’s stuff. I think he is very close to Orthodoxy. It is interesting that he allows for the conditionalism of an annihilationist position while not actually postulating that people cease to exist. It does sometimes seem like annihilationism would make the most sense of many biblical passages about eternal life and also make sense of the theological idea of conditional mortality, which seems to at least have a fair amount of advocates in Orthodox theology. But annihilationism as such does not appear to have even a minority support among them. A person could argue that a minority of Orthodox theologians believed in universal reconciliation, but the list of those that believed in annihilationism is non-existent so far as I know.

  3. fatherstephen says

    I would find annihilationism far more problematic than any form of universal reconciliation. God is a good God. Existence is His greatest gift. I do not see this as something He takes away from us.

  4. Deacon Antony says

    I am SO glad to see that I’m not the only Orthodox person out there who finds Bishop Wright’s works compelling.

  5. says

    I agree with sergieyes that on the question of hell, Wright stands in the tradition of C. S. Lewis. Lewis also regards damnation as a process of de-humanization, and he ends up in a position that comes very close to annihilationism, without explicitly saying that. Both Lewis and Wright see hell as self-chosen destiny and the suffering of the interior consequences of rejecting Life–might this be one reason both authors are popular among the Orthodox?