The Pragmatics of Belief in Hell

I just saw a very interesting article posted at Tony J’s blog at beliefnet and highly recommend you head over there and check it out. I’ll post a bot of it here, but for the rest of the article, you’ll have to do the right thing, and check out Tony’s blog at belief net!
The Pragmatics of Belief in Hell
I’m Keith DeRose. I’m a philosopher who blogs a bit on the side. Rather than giving any more introduction to myself here, I’ll just send those who are interested in reading about me to my web page, where I have a good deal of information posted, including links to some of my previous blog posts.
Tony thought it would be interesting for me to post some of my thoughts about the pragmatics of believing in what we might as well call traditional Christian doctrines of hell, so that’s what I’ll be doing in the next few days. I should say right upfront that I have little idea of what Tony thinks about such matters, or even whether he has very specific views here. I’ll just be speaking for myself here.
By the “pragmatics” of the belief, I mean the effects of holding the belief — what holding such a belief can do to and through the one who holds it. So I don’t foresee myself discussing whether such a belief is true, or discussing Scriptural grounds for and against such a doctrine in this series of posts. I’ve engaged in such discussions in the past, and no doubt will again in the future. And I suspect I’ll have occasion in this series of posts to refer to some of my past engagements in the debate over the truth of such doctrines, as background for the current discussion, which, again, will be about the pragmatics of the belief.

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