1. David Evans says:

    Terrific summary Matt. I first heard of you two days ago when I came across a copy of your book about having more questions than answers. I shall read it but a quick browse shows me much common ground with you. I am 62, live in Leicester, have been a believer since age 16, been a senior elder in an AOG church. I am an outside the box thinker. Subjects I have in recent years been majoring on are women and leadership, hell, church government and ways of operating, Replacement Theology. I have written a book on Christians and Israel and am writing one on ‘hell’ and one on the Jewish roots of our faith. There are plenty of books around on both those subjects but my style and take have their own flavour.
    I have family in Southampton and would love to meet you some time. As and when I can I will call your church office.
    Lastly- I am not a member of the whacky brigade (a small minority of Israel zealots have earnt us a bad name!)
    Every blessing
    David Evans

  2. David Evans says:

    Me again but this time sticking to the point! Matt is right. If you want to be treated as an outcast by many Evangelicals try telling them that you aren’t sure about Everlasting Conscious Torment/Punishment. It isn’t surprising though when you consider the mainstream translations we use and the fact that Church History is very much a minority interest.
    Many Evangelical commentators are conflating the findings of those who are investigating hell and wrestling with interpretive and linguistic issues with the general secularisation and liberalism of society at large. This is a misunderstanding but there is so much heat in the debate.
    I found Robin Parry’s ‘The Evangelical Universalist’ very helpful but felt he failed to explain adequately how he, an ex-annihilationist, would deal with the texts that annihilationists rely on for their case. I shall try Brad Jersak’s book.
    ‘The Fire that Consumes’ by Edward Fudge is tour de force. He is an Annihilationist.
    At the moment I stand with Steve Gregg and the late J Paterson-Smythe, both of whom looked at these issues for 25 and 48 years respectively but failed to reach an absolute definitive conclusion. I am still on a journey with it though.

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