This article presents a critique of Robert Peterson who defends the traditional interpretation of eternal torment against the challenge posed by annihilationism. The author critically examines key features of Peterson’s case and suggest that it has some major shortcomings and is ultimately unsuccessful. Annihilationists admit that the Bible teaches eternal punishment. They differ with the more traditional view of what this punishment entails. Is it eternal torment or is it eternal literal destruction? Texts reflected upon include Matthew 10:28, 1 Corinthians 3:17, Philippians 1:28, 2 Thessalonians 1:9, and 2 Peter 3:7.
Source: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 2007. 19 pages.