Chapter 8
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The Problem of Pain

Chapter 8


Chapter 8 - Hell

1. Pain leads the bad man to one of two outcomes. What are they?

2.  Early in the chapter Lewis refers to "tragedies in human life" which have resulted from believing in hell.  He alludes to "other tragedies which come from not believing in it."  Identify some examples of each type of tragedy.

3.   a.  How does Lewis distinguish between condoning and forgiving?

      b.  What happens within the family, the church, or a society when wrongdoing is condoned instead of forgiven?  Why might we prefer to condone?

4.  According to Lewis (and von Hügel), what is the distinguishing characteristic of lost souls?

5.  What do you think of Lewis's response to the argument that God should give people a second chance?

6.  What aspect of Hell, if any, do you find most difficult to accept?

7.  What reasons does Lewis give for not embracing universal salvation?

8.  On what cautionary note does Lewis conclude this chapter?


Mahometans:  Mohammadans, i.e. followers of Islam

Friedrich von Hügel (1852-1925):  a self-taught Bible scholar and one of the most influential Catholic thinkers of his time, despite not being ordained in the Catholic church nor completing a university degree.  His areas of interest included mysticism, the philosophy of religion and the relationship of Christianity to history. 

Edwyn Bevan (1870-1943):  a lecturer in Hellenistic history at King's College, London and a historian of comparative religion.  Bevan gave the Gifford lectures in 1933 and 1934, which became his books Symbolism and Belief and Holy Images.   He had an interest in India and archeology.  During WWI, he worked in British intelligence as well as the department of propaganda.

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