Cheerful news about hell

God's love comes all the way down
I can’t remember the last time I read much about hell—the topic of a symposium in this issue—but those of us who recite the creed weekly do include “he descended into hell” as part of what we believe about Jesus Christ.

One of the problems with the topic has been the way it has been articulated. I remember the time my five-year-old daughter came home in tears, frightened because her playmate had explained that hell is a place deep in the earth, a place of terrible suffering and fiery punishment and a place where she and our whole family were headed. It took a lot of holding her on my lap and comforting her to get her through that experience, and for a long time she wanted nothing to do with digging in the dirt.


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