Escaping heaven and hell

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Adams (1993) argues that the traditional view that no one in Hell can leave, poses a problem for the theist. This is because, she argues, such a bad state of affairs should be prevented by God. In response, Buckareff and Plug (2005) argue that everyone in Hell can leave. More recently, Matheson (2014) argues that if everyone in Hell can leave, then everyone in Heaven can also leave. However, Matheson provides reason to think that it is impossible for anyone in Heaven to leave. In which case, he argues, no one in Hell can leave either. In this article, I extend this debate, and offer reason to think Matheson's argument is unsound.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-402
Number of pages8
JournalReligious Studies
Volume52
Issue number3
Early online date2015
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Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016

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Luck, Morgan. / Escaping heaven and hell. In: Religious Studies. 2016 ; Vol. 52, No. 3. pp. 395-402.
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Escaping heaven and hell. / Luck, Morgan.

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