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Forgiving the Unforgivable Wrong

David C. Steinmetz

in Taking the Long View: Christian Theology in Historical Perspective

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199768936
eISBN:
9780190258276
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199768936.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter reflects on an incident involving Charles Carl Roberts, who murdered young Amish girls in a one-room schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. The Amish forgave Roberts for imprisoning ... More


Exceptions to Hell: Relief and Escape

Alan E. Bernstein

in Hell and Its Rivals: Death and Retribution among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Early Middle Ages

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781501707803
eISBN:
9781501712494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501707803.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter discusses the alternative scenarios from hell’s torments: the idea that there is periodic relief from torment in hell, and the idea that rescue is possible from hell. The first is ... More


Rabbinic Judaism: One Fire, Two Fates

Alan E. Bernstein

in Hell and Its Rivals: Death and Retribution among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Early Middle Ages

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781501707803
eISBN:
9781501712494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501707803.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This chapter argues that although many Jews today deny that Judaism embraces any afterlife at all, postmortem sanctions attracted Jews for centuries. In biblical times, postmortem punishment was a ... More


Taking the Long View: Christian Theology in Historical Perspective

David Steinmetz

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199768936
eISBN:
9780190258276
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199768936.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

This book argues that remembering the past is essential for men and women who want to function effectively in the present—for without some knowledge of their own past, neither individuals nor ... More


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