Eschatology: New Views of Heaven & Hell

He descended into Hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into Heaven.

In unequivocal terms, the traditional Apostles' Creed sums up one of the central mysteries of Christianity: God's promise of eternal paradise or perdition beyond the grave. Millions of Christians recite the Creed as an affirmation of their faith. Yet many theologians are now attempting to redefine heaven and hell in this-worldly terms—not as places where humans somehow survive after death, but as states of mind and modes of being that begin here on earth. As they...

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