Religion: The Inferno

Hell broke loose in Norway one day about a year ago when venerable Professor Ole Hallesby, speaking over the state broadcasting system, startled Scandinavian sinners with the warning: "If you are not a believer, be careful! If you were to collapse and die suddenly, you would crash straight into Hell!"

Newspapers seethed with letters demanding that 74-year-old Theologian Hallesby be bounced off the air for his fundamentalist ideas, or defending him as God's prophet to a backsliding world. As the controversy bubbled on, an old theological opponent of Hallesby's, Bishop Kristian Schjelderup, 60, of Hamar, entered the argument. Hallesby's idea of Hell,...