The Fire That Consumes

The Fire That Consumes


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Evangelical Christians affirm together that a dreadful destiny awaits those who reject God's grace throughout life. According to the traditional view, that destiny will involve unending conscious torment in hell. However, believers are increasingly questioning that understanding, as both unbiblical and inconsistent with the character of God revealed in the Scriptures and in the man Jesus Christ.
This internationally acclaimed book--now fully updated, revised, and expanded--carefully examines the complete teaching of Scripture on the subject of final punishment. It concludes that hell is a place of total annihilation, everlasting destruction, although the destructive process encompasses conscious torment of whatever sort, intensity, and duration God might require in each individual case.

""I commend this book warmly. It is likely to remain a standard work to which everyone engaged with this issue will constantly return.""
-Richard Bauckham
Emeritus Professor of New Testament Studies
University of Saint Andrews, Scotland

""The Fire That Consumes has long been recognized as one of the most thorough and compelling statements available of the view that the destiny of the unsaved will be final destruction rather than eternal torment. In this new edition, Edward Fudge provides extended engagement with traditionalist critics and an overview of developments in the last thirty years ensuring that it will remain a definitive work on the issue for years to come.""
-John R. Franke
Theologian in Residence
First Presbyterian Church of Allentown

Edward William Fudge is a Christian theologian, Bible teacher, author, and, for more than twenty years, a practicing attorney. He maintains an international internet ministry at

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ISBN-13: 9781498213257
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 05/20/2011
Pages: 444
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Fire That Consumes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Paul_Woodhouse More than 1 year ago
Edward Fudge has written a compelling, biblical, and comprehensive book on the doctrine of hell. It has helped me in teaching, preaching, and talking with others about this important subject. No one can say they have completely studied the doctrine of hell without interacting with this book.
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Armchair_philosopher More than 1 year ago
Edward Fudge dares to believe - and to urge you to believe - that God really is a "consuming fire," just as scripture says. One wouldn't think that was such a controversial (and even revolutionary) idea, but it is. Fudge's scholarship is first rate. (With the original Foreword having been written by F.F. Bruce, that comes as no surprise.) This book is thorough, scholarly, and challenging. It is not a light read, to be sure, so come to the book with your "thinking cap" on. If you've harbored any doubts about the doctrine of hell as eternal, conscious torment, you should read this book. And if you are thoroughly dedicated to the notion of hell as eternal, conscious torment, you owe it to yourself to allow Fudge to challenge your thinking. You just might find yourself moved to reconsider. And in the end, I think you'll come away more convinced than ever before that God is truly just, astonishingly merciful, and holy beyond compare.
JLR More than 1 year ago
You cannot read this book without your thinking being challenged. It will force you to re-examine traditional thinking about the eternity of the soul and eternal punishment of sinners.
Anti-Pharisee More than 1 year ago
What I liked best about Fudge was that he provided alternative explanations to the training I was raised up with. The title says it all. The Bible says our God is a consuming fire, but we don't believe that his fire actually consumes. Fudge challenged a lot of my assumptions and I appreciate the hard work, research, and depth of reporting in this book. I would highly recommend it as an opportunity to explore Conditionalism. For those set in their ways, I'd offer a challenge: See if you can refute him from scripture. I'm guessing you can't. For that reason, I said to Edward in one of my e-mails, Like Agrippa, almost thou persuadest me to be a Conditionalist.
reader-writer More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book because I hoped it would provide information on hell for a book that I'm writing. Instead, it turned out to be little more than quote after quote after quote of other authors. Fudge had little to say for himself. I returned the book.