Is a doctrine of everlasting punishment in hell consistent with God's perfect love and perfect justice? And what implications does this traditional doctrine carry for the nature of divine grace and mercy. In Hell in a Nutshell Charles Watson, Sr., argues that we should not allow a received doctrine, such as the doctrine of hell, to determine our understanding of God's justice, love, and mercy; instead, we should allow a biblically informed understanding of these divine attributes to shape our understanding of every received doctrine, including the doctrine of Hell.
I’ve read countless books on this subject, pro and against, and I can honestly say that this is one of the most comprehensive from a philosophical, and a commonsense basis... which is sometimes lacking in other books; yet this book also honors the biblical AND Christ honoring ethic, that God shall not fail his creation, and that His love never fails!
I really liked the points made in this book in support of Christian Universalism (CU)and I will recommend it. However, thought points are very good and well made, the author takes a long time getting to them. I do appreciate what I think he was trying to do, but he ends up spending too much time on how he came to believe in CU, discussing various thought processes of other belief systems and opposing views. Much of the backstory could’ve been summarized into one chapter and the meaty material expanded more. Nonetheless, it was well-written and eventually informative.