Debate on the final punishment

Debate topic: “The final punishment of the risen wicked will be annihilation, the permanent end to the conscious existence of the entire person.”


“Chris Date, host of the Theopologetics podcast and contributor to the Rethinking Hell blog and podcast, affirms. Joshua Whipps, creator of the Razor’s Kissblog and author at Choosing Hats, denies. Dee Dee Warren, friend to Chris and host of The Preterist Podcast, moderates. This episode is part 1 of the debate, including opening statements and first rebuttals. Listen to episode 89 for part 2′s first round of cross-examination and second rebuttals; listen to episode 90 for part 3′s second round of cross-examination, closing statements and listener Q&A.”

( Episode  89 and 90 coming soon, I’m looking forward to their release.)


I appreciated the debate:-) On a person level, I appreciated Chris’s point of how he struggled with changing his mind on hell very powerful and one I could relate to:

It is often suggested to me that I became an annihilationist because I didn’t like the idea of the traditional view of hell. But I resisted the idea of annihilationism for quite a while because I knew it would mean there were some parachurch organisations and many churches that I could no longer join, because I could not, if I changed my mind on hell, in good conscience, sign their statements of faith. 

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