A Couple Notes About Hell
C.S. Lewis wrote, “It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. If that is too much, you should at least read one old one to every three new ones” (God in the Dock, p. 201). As much as I would like, that is a tall order. His point was, historical books give us the advantage of evaluating the author’s view by reality. New books can’t be evaluated as to their trustworthiness until some time elapses.
In the midst of the current controversy over the nature of Hell, I went back and read Dante’s Inferno (12th Cent.) and Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus (14th Cent.). Both are classic views of Hell and both treat it as real, hot and long! They may add their own twists but you can’t mistake the historical view!