Religious Studies

On the problem of hell

a1 Department of Philosophy, Oklahoma State University, 308 Hanner Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078-5064


There is a conception of hell that holds that God punishes some people in a way that brings about endless suffering and unhappiness. An objection to this view holds that such punishment could not be just since it punishes finite sins with infinite suffering. In answer to this objection, it is shown that endless suffering, even intense suffering, is consistent with the suffering being finite. Another objection holds that such punishment is contrary to God's love. A possible response to this objection is developed.