Purgatory: The Logic of Total Transformation

Jerry L Walls, the author of books on hell and heaven, completes his tour of the afterlife with a philosophical and theological exploration and defense of purgatory, the traditional teaching that most Christians require a period of postmortem cleansing and purging of their sinful dispositions and imperfections before they will be fully made ready for heaven He examines PJerry L Walls, the author of books on hell and heaven, completes his tour of the afterlife with a philosophical and theological exploration and defense of purgatory, the traditional teaching that most Christians require a period of postmortem cleansing and purging of their sinful dispositions and imperfections before they will be fully made ready for heaven He examines Protestant objections to the doctrine and shows that the doctrine of purgatory has been construed in different ways, some of which are fully compatible with Protestant theology In particular, while purgatory has often been understood as matter of punishment in order to make satisfaction for sins that have not been fully remitted, it can also be seen as the completion of the sanctification process, an account of the doctrine that is fully consistent with the Protestant doctrine of justification by faith Purgatory assumes not only continuity of personal identity but also gradual moral and spiritual growth between death and resurrection Different theories of personal identity are examined and assessed in light of these assumptions Walls also shows that the traditional doctrine of purgatory is not understood as a second chance for salvation, but goes on to argue that it should be modified to allow for postmortem repentance He concludes with an examination of C.S Lewis s writings on purgatory, and suggests that Lewis can be a model for evangelicals and other Protestants to engage the doctrine of purgatory in a way that is true to their theology.
Purgatory The Logic of Total Transformation Jerry L Walls the author of books on hell and heaven completes his tour of the afterlife with a philosophical and theological exploration and defense of purgatory the traditional teaching that most

  • Title: Purgatory: The Logic of Total Transformation
  • Author: Jerry L. Walls
  • ISBN: 9780199732296
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Purgatory: The Logic of Total Transformation”

    1. For those who already believe in a non-traditional form of purgatory that sanctifies and transforms through suffering but does not punish retributively, this book would probably make you feel good. For everyone else, most notably the protestants/evangelicals like myself who came to the book not believing in any sort of purgatory after death, the response would be mostly along the lines of “well, that’s very interesting that those Catholic theologians, Christian philosophers, and fiction writ [...]

    2. This was my first foray into the doctrine of purgatory. While the author did not make a believer out of me, I understand better what it is about. There is a chapter on the history of purgatory, the protestant objections, how time and space factor into it, among others. The reason I initially picked up the book was because of the chapter on C.S. Lewis and purgatory. Yes, he seemed to believe in some form of purgatory as suggested by "The Great Divorce" and his last book, "Letters to Malcolm." The [...]

    3. I'm likely going to reflect on this book at length in print somewhere ere long, as it raises with uncommon clarity a number of key issues that surface in my theology classes: the element of sanctification in salvation, the nature of the intermediate state, inclusivism, universalism, body-soul dualism, and more. So I'll keep things brief here.Jerry Walls, a Methodist now teaching at Houston Baptist University, wrote previous books on heaven and hell that are well worth reading also. He is indeed [...]

    4. A little too much consideration of all thoughts on this topic, rather than conclusions, but a very good source of history and understanding that purgatory can neither be sufficiently disproved or proved based on the information given in the bible. A stand alone topic, more than being used as a defense for universal salvation. Extremely informative.

    5. I highly recommend this book. Written by a Protestant theologian, the book gives a history of the doctrine, including many changes over the centuries. Most Protestants will no doubt be unconvinced by the author's arguments, which draw heavily on C. S. Lewis. Nonetheless, it's worth the effort.

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