Last week I asked Christians who hold to universalist (“If you’re a Christian universalist, why?”) and pluralist (“If you’re a Christian pluralist, why?”) soteriologies to tell me about their beliefs. Today I am inviting those who understand themselves as annihilationist to comment. An annihilationist does not see the punishment of God as lasting forever. Rather, they see wicked humans as ceasing to exist at some point. This can take different forms. For some, the “Lake of Fire” consumes and destroys so that people do not burn forever. For others, the wicked human becomes something less than human, as C.S. Lewis and N.T. Wright seem to hint in their eschatologies.
I am asking for your input because one part of my upcoming oral defense requires that I explain the annihilationist perspective. So if you are an annihilationist please comment! If not, but you have something to add I’d like to hear from you as well, as long as it is constructive.
These are some things I’d like to know:
- What biblical passages cause you to affirm annihilationism?
- What do you do with passages that seem to speak of eternal torment?
- What are some of you theological/philosophical reasons?
- Who are your influences? Who articulates annihilationism best?
Thank you for thinking through this with me!