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What is/are the Anglican doctrine(s) on Hell?

Discussion in 'Philosophy and Theology' started by MatthewOlson, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. MatthewOlson

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    What is/are the Anglican doctrine(s) on Hell?
    Apparently, the Church of England's Doctrine Commission reported in 1995 that "[h]ell is not eternal torment", but "non-being" (whatever that means).
    I, personally, hold that Hell is an actual place where the population of souls there exists in eternal torment and separation from God, as the Bible seems to suggest.
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    Historically & classically, Anglicans have believed in the traditional everlasting Hell - spiritual until the last judgment, and then fully physical & spiritual for eternity thereafter. Whether fires and flame or something worse, it was never a concern to define that. The Great Litany, in every Book of Common Prayer from 1552-1960, asks God to save us from everlasting damnation, not forever non-being.
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    That is little different from the Roman Church:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annihilationism
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