[1.] A Debate
Is Conditional Immortality Biblical? A Debate Between George Alvarado & Chris Date
Yesterday, my friend George Alvarado (of the blog “Our Common Salvation”) debated Chris Date on the subject of conditional immortality/annihilationism. The debate is 90 minutes long, and well worth your viewing time, if you want to understand some of the more nuanced reasons why the annihilationist doctrine is unbiblical. George is a linguist and, therefore, approaches the subject matter with an eye toward revealing the cunning devices of some of the major proponents of the heresy of annihilationism.
After the debate, George and Chris had an open discussion in which these issues were delved into with even more specificity. The debate and discussion were held by The Bible Thumping Wingnut podcast/Network, and can be viewed here and here.
If you haven’t already, check out George’s very helpful series Rethinking Conditionalism in which he also explains why annihilationism is false.
[2.] A Book
Some time ago, I wrote a long article on Athanasius of Alexandria, in which I explained that a contextual reading of this father proves that he was not an annihilationist, contrary to the claims of modern annihilationists.
My essay looked at the most up to date and best Athanasian scholarship. So I decided to look into the past to see what the views of older scholars were. The overwhelming majority of past patristic scholars, essentially, taught the same thing. This is true for those who held to the orthodox doctrine of hell, as well as for annihilationists.
So I decided to turn my essay into a book, sandwiching my content between an essay on the Ante-Nicene fathers, leading up to Irenaeus, by Methodist writer Marshall Randles, in which he explains why the church fathers at this time, and in particular Irenaeus who influenced Athanasius probably more than anyone else at this time, were not annihilationists, and an essay by annihilationist Henry M. Constable (author of the Duration and Nature of Final Punishment), in which this annihilationist forefather likewise identifies Athanasius as a so-called “traditionalist.”
[3.] Audio Streams
On our Biblical Trinitarian facebook page (check it out here), I have done several audio live streams where I discuss annihialtionism, fallacies employed by heretics, and other issues. I’m new at this kind of thing, so bear with me! But I may continue to do some more, if I feel so led.
They have been helpful, seeing as I don’t have the kind of time I would need to devote writing to the subjects I have dealt with in the live streams. You can check them out at the facebook page linked above.
[4.] Biblical Trinitarian Articles
Finally, Michael and I have written two new articles at Biblical Trintarian. Mine is titled “What is Apologetics? Pt. 1,” in which I briefly discuss what the Scriptures tell us about apologetics.
And Michael’s article is titled “A Brief Consideration of the Bibliology and Theology of the Watch Tower Bible & Tract Society,” in which he explains why Jehovah’s Witnesses are translationally wrong and doctrinally heretical.
Lord willing, I will be posting some new content here on Wednesday. So stay tuned!
Soli Deo Gloria