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- n. The Christian doctrine that sinners are permanently destroyed rather than being confined to Hell.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The denial of existence after death; the denial of immortality.
- n. In theology, the doctrine that for the incorrigibly wicked future punishment will end in annihilation. See annihilationist.
--Terri, I've seen some theologians argue for "annihilationism" of the individual soul, perhaps by choice, to choose nothingness instead of choosing God.
Others advocate annihilationism, in which God ends the existence of the unrepentant soul.
I think that's a serious understatement of the problem which annihilationism poses for itself.
Yet annihilationism is subject to emotional objections no less weighty.
Personally, I very much believe in an eternal hell - but 'hell' for me means more like annihilationism mixed with a traditional view.
One might suspect that the Sautrântika, in corroding the reality of things to the point-instant, courted the risk of annihilationism.
And while this showed them (at their core) to be closer to historical, conservative orthodoxy than many thought, yet (for one) the promoting of annihilationism is no peripheral issue, and which (for one) makes a mockery of Christ's repeated warning to cut of an offending member rather than to enter unquenchable fire.
When you assert thus, this is called the view of annihilationism.
Nevertheless, even those who propose doctrinal theories such as universalism and inclusivism (or those who promote annihilationism with reference to hell) must admit that their position does not represent what most Christians throughout the centuries have believed
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