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Church Of England Updates Idea Of Hell

THURSDAY, JAN. 18, 1996

A Church of England commission has rejected the idea of hell as a place of fire, pitchforks and screams of unending agony, describing it instead as annihilation for all who reject the love of God.

“Whether there be any who do so choose, only God knows,” said a report by the church’s Doctrine Commission, titled “The Mystery of Salvation.”

Rejecting the medieval vision of the underworld, the report said belief in everlasting punishment has steadily faded. “Hell is not eternal torment, but it is the final and irrevocable choosing of that which is opposed to God so completely and so absolutely that the only end is total non-being.”

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