Razing Hell : Rethinking Everything You've Been Taught about God's Wrath and Judgment
The idea of hell can haunt dreams and disturb sleep. Many wonder at the justice (or injustice) of it all, feeling confounded by a God who deems it necessary to send the majority of humanity to burn there forever. Seventy percent of Americans believe in hell, as do ninety-two percent of those who attend church every week. Clearly, it's a hot topic. Baker offers readers a safe space to contemplate tough issues as they rethink traditional views of hell. In her candid and inviting style Baker explores and ultimately refutes many traditional views of hell, presenting instead theologically sound ways of thinking that are more consistent with the image of God as a loving creator who desires to liberate us from sin and evil. This is an excellent selection for general readers, students, pastors, professors, and grief counselors, and will provide clarity for those with questions about hell, God's judgment, and what happens to us when we die.
- Paperback | 232 pages
- 152 x 229 x 18.54mm | 399.16g
- 01 Sep 2010
- Westminster/John Knox Press,U.S.
- Louisville, United States
"A lively, thoughtful and accessible rethinking of one of the most disturbing notions in Christian theology, the prospect of eternal damnation. Put this book on your 'must read' list." John D. Caputo, Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University "What I tried to do in my book The Last Word and the Word After That, Sharon Baker has done in Razing Hell - with more brevity, more levity, and probably with more clarity and accessibility too. Highly recommended." Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity (brianmclaren.net) "This should be a useful book for Christians struggling to reconcile JesusA' sacrifice and a loving God with the place of punishment and the necessity for justice."--Publishers Weekly, Religion Bookline, June 30, 2010
About Sharon L. Baker
Sharon L. Baker is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religion and Coordinator of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. She has published numerous articles and speaks frequently throughout the United States on non-violent atonement and hell. A former stay-at-home mom, Sharon received her Ph.D. from Southern Methodist University in 2006. She is the mother of four grown boys.
Our customer reviews
Sharon Bakers book is well worth reading and goes along way in showing the evidence for universal reconciliation has more biblical validity that the other theories widely held by most Christians. this is however where I part ways with her as I felt the book had another agenda ,and that was to promote pacifism [a theory that while sounds biblical is deeply flawed both biblically and morally] there are a range of other books that I would recommend that drive the same universal point home without promoting an ideology that most certainly doesn't stand for ''peace'' ,try ''the end of the ages,the abolition of hell'' or ''hope beyond hell'' or ''what the bible really says about hell'' for starters .show moreby stuart