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Opening Arguments

Hell, no

The interesting thing about this story is that almost two-thirds of the clergy surveyed no longer believe in Hell as an actual place of torment, but the "astonishment" expressed is over the fact that more than a third still do:

The concept of Hell as a literal place has declined in an increasingly secular world. But what surprised Stoddart is that "there is a solid number of Scottish ministers who still believe in eternal torment.

"There are those who maintain that Hell is something that should have gone away with the thinking that the Earth was flat, but it clearly hasn't," he said.

People must be getting more sophisticated if they can be swayed from sin with hell as a mere metaphor.

Posted in: Current Affairs


Tue, 12/06/2005 - 6:46am

Seems like if Hell isn't a real place, then Heaven probably isn't either.

Jon S
Tue, 12/06/2005 - 7:47am

What surprises me is that sophiticated people still believe the myth that the medieval Church believed in a flat earth. It's a myth created in the 18th century by novelists such as Washington Irving, picked up by pseudo-historians in the 19th century and discredited by professional historians in the early 20th.

Jon S
Tue, 12/06/2005 - 7:47am

OK, I really do know how to spell "sophisticated."

Larry Morris
Tue, 12/06/2005 - 9:28am

Hell is a very real place, ... I should know, I've worked there in several past jobs.