October 22, 2020

Coffee Cup Apologetics 15

cca_small.gif“Responding to the most difficult question you will ever hear: Will God punish people forever in hell?”

Coffee Cup Apologetics now has its own website: ccapologetics.wordpress.com

All the episodes of Coffee Cup Apologetics are now on iTunes. I’m working to get the logo up and a few other tweaks. Go to iTunes and search for “Apologetics.”


  1. Michael,

    Why don’t you do a post on Purgatory? You seem to be interested Protestant/Catholic relations… I am interested on your take. Maybe you could touch on Protestant (and Catholic) misrepresentations of the doctrine. You could discuss C. S. Lewis, a Protestant who, no matter what certain evangelicals say, seemed believed in an intermediate state. If you really feel bold, you could talk about Christian author George MacDonald, who not only believed in an intermediary afterlife, but believed in the possibility that all people would eventually be driven unto Christ through it.

    I’m sure you get plenty of recommendations for topics so just add this one to the list.

    Enjoy the site,

  2. Thanks for the suggestion, but I don’t consider that an apologetic topic, but an intra-Christian debate. Also, I feel strongly that purgatory is a rejection of the New Testament’s presentation of the sufficiency and efficacy of the death of Christ.

    Thanks for listening.

  3. Thank goodness we are justified by faith. And thank God for the gift of faith.

  4. Thanks for a well rounded discussion on such a difficult topic.

    But I don’t think C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce put forth an alternate view of hell. I think his point was to affirm the logic of eternal punishment. In fact, in may be in direct apposition to Robert Capon’s stance. The people in Lewis’s narrative refuse to enter into God’s presence because of the their character; their character has been formed from the decisions in their mortal life. In summary, I think Lewis’s main focus is anthropology rather than eschatology. He sets up his after life frame to delve into man’s nature more than anything.

    At least that’s what I see. And I think that that approach is more consistent with Lewis’s style of writing.


  5. Michael,

    What I meant to say was I would like to see a normal post, not necessarily a Coffee Cup Apologetics post: this post simply brought to mind the topic of Purgatory. I have more to say on the topic and respectfully disagree that purgatory and Christ’s sufficiency are incompatible, but I will hold off until you choose (if ever) to address the topic.


  6. Michael,

    Good on you for stepping into this, perhaps the most contentious of topics.

    Have been thinking about “hell” alot more recently than usual. The thing that strikes me is that so many of my xtain friends have never pondered the issue, but just taken a dantean view to be not only “orthodox” but the unanimous doctrine in xtian history . . . IT’s hard to converse on the issue when presupositions are so entrenched. Expressing concern in the concept often results in a blank stare. . . .

  7. French poet Charles Peguy wrestled with this question as well, especially in The Portal of the Mystery of Hope. He discovers that God hopes in the sinner…

    I’m looking forward to your sequel.