Reconstructing Hell: Eternal Conscious Torment, Annihilationism, and the Hope of Possibility

There was a time in my life when I repeated the 'Sinner's Prayer' a lot. In my faith tradition, Hell is humankind's default destination. Like a pre-existing medical condition, everyone is born damned per the doctrine of Original Sin. And the only way to reroute your one-way ticket from eternal damnation to eternal paradise is to make a public…

Beyond the Veil: Death, Heaven, and the Original Very Good News

In November 2004, Kevin Malarkey and his six-year-old son, Alex, were involved in a car accident on their drive home from church. While Kevin emerged from the collision unscathed, the force of the impact wrenched the six-year-old child's skull from his spinal column, resulting in what doctors refer to as an "internal decapitation." A helicopter…