Redeeming Edwards’s Doctrine of Hell: An “Edwardsean” Account

Bibliographic information:

Christopher Woznicki, “Redeeming Edwards’s Doctrine of Hell: An “Edwardsean” Account” in Themelios 42.2



Jonathan Edwards provides subsequent generations of theologians and ministers with one of the most influential versions of the traditional account of hell. However, his account of hell has its detractors. Those who oppose Edwards’s account argue that it is morally appalling and philosophically problematic. As such, I attempt to defend Edwards’s account by addressing one of its most philosophically pressing objections: the issuant account objection. In order to do this, I turn to Edwards’s doctrine of the blessed state of the redeemed in heaven. This is a doctrine the resources of which can help provide a redeemed “Edwardsean” account of hell, one that is both traditional and issuant.


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