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Robin Parry is the husband of but one wife (Carol) and the father of the two most beautiful girls in the universe (Hannah and Jessica). He also has a lovely cat called Monty (who has only three legs). Living in the city of Worcester, UK, he works as an Editor for Wipf and Stock — a US-based theological publisher. Robin was a Sixth Form College teacher for 11 years and has worked in publishing since 2001 (2001–2010 for Paternoster and 2010– for W&S).

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Rethinking Hell Conference—discount!

I am really excited about the fast-approaching Rethinking Hell Conference to be held at Fuller Theological Seminary, June 18–20.

There are some key folk representing all of the three main Christian views on hell there.

I mean, Jerry Walls! Wow. His new book, Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory (Brazos, 2015), is really excellent (though we disagree on the freewill defence). Given that Jerry defends eternal hell against universalism you'd be surprised how close our views are.

Oliver Crisp! Dudes! That guy rocks.

Eric Reitan and John Kronen! Weep for joy!

Brad Jersak! Sweet!

David Instone-Brewer on the rabbis. That one will be fascinating. David knows his rabbinincs.

And a whole host of other folk who seem to be genuinely interesting.


You can see the whole programme at the website here.

It is not too late to book. In fact, I think that there is currently a $25 discount code available.



9 comments:

David Reimer said...

If the special discounted price of $50 included accommodation and airfare, hey! I'd be there! ;)

Robin Parry said...

Ha. That would be great

TamtheTyper said...

Painful -- and the discount makes it even more painful for those of us who can't go!
That's why I hope there will be a video.

Ed said...

Just curious Robin. How would you respond to David Instone-Brewer's contention that Jesus very clearly rejected the universalism of some of his rabbinic contemporaries?

Robin Parry said...

Ed

I have yet to hear his paper so I do not yet know his arguments. However, I am unaware of any rabbis that were universalists. I am looking forward to hearing what he has to say. He knows his rabbinics well.

Robin

Robin Parry said...

I should add that I am aware if rabbinic sources that speak of a third of those in Gehenna getting out, but that is not universalism. (And there is, of course, the problem of knowing whether such views were or were not from Jesus' time or from later.)

As far as I am aware, the earliest source we have for Gehenna as an image of judgement is Jesus. All the other early Jewish sources on Gehenna are post AD 70 sources, decades later. Rabbinic texts pose a further problem as they are all a LOT later, though they do preserve earlier traditions, some of which may well reflect ideas at the time of Jesus. The trick is discerning which. So we cannot be sure that anyone else in Jesus' day was using Gehenna to speak of judgement. I am increasingly cautious about reading Jesus against the background of later Jewish texts—great care is needed.

Eric McCarty said...

Robin,

If a live-stream or video recording is not available, there are many here who would contribute financially to an unauthorized boot-leg copy. Could you possibly hide a go-pro in a phylactery on your forehead? Just a thought.

Robin Parry said...

Ha. Funny!

Micah said...

I'd be highly tempted to drive down for this -- but have a schedule conflict, unfortunately. Am with the folks fervently hoping for videos. :)