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dc.contributor.authorPerry, John
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-11T11:40:02Z
dc.date.available2016-02-11T11:40:02Z
dc.date.issued2016-02
dc.identifier.citationPerry , J 2016 , ' Putting hell first : cruelty, historicism, and the missing moral theory of damnation ' , Scottish Journal of Theology , vol. 69 , no. 1 , pp. 1-19 . https://doi.org/10.1017/S0036930615000745en
dc.identifier.issn0036-9306
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dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85047211468
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0003-4146-1543/work/43257338
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000374245700001
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/8202
dc.description.abstractRecent work on the morality of hell spans the various subdisciplines of theology, with the ironic exception of theological ethics. An adequate defence of hell requires a positive account of how God’s eternally tormenting some humans is beautiful, just and worthy of worship. This suggests a short-term and long-term task. The short-term task, which this article pursues, tests whether an adequate moral theory is available by evaluating three possible candidates, the third of which is the most interesting, as it offers a historicist defence of hell: we believe hell is cruel only because of aversions to cruel and unusual punishment that emerged in modernity. Nonetheless, all three defences are inadequate, suggesting a longer term goal: we need either better moral theories or better accounts of hell, as well as greater analytic clarity regarding theological statements of the form, 'I want doctrine y to be true but believe doctrine x is true'.
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofScottish Journal of Theologyen
dc.rightsCopyright © Cambridge University Press 2016. This work is made available online in accordance with the publisher’s policies. This is the author created, accepted version manuscript following peer review and may differ slightly from the final published version. The final published version of this work is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0036930615000745en
dc.subjectHellen
dc.subjectUniversalismen
dc.subjectEthicsen
dc.subjectPunishmenten
dc.subjectVoluntarismen
dc.subjectCrueltyen
dc.subjectAnselmen
dc.subjectHistoryen
dc.subjectBT Doctrinal Theologyen
dc.subject.lccBTen
dc.titlePutting hell first : cruelty, historicism, and the missing moral theory of damnationen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.description.versionPostprinten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Divinityen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1017/S0036930615000745
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden


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