Eternal Damnation: A Reply to Karori Mbugua’s “Gentler Theology of Hell”

  • R MJ Oduor University of Nairobi


This article is a reply to Karori Mbugua’s article titled “The Problem of Hell Revisited: Towards a Gentler Theology of Hell” (Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya, New Series, Vol.3 No.2, December 2011, pp.93-103). The present article does not in any way seek to argue for or against the existence of eternal damnation. Instead, it advances the view that while Mbugua raises important philosophical issues around the question of eternal damnation, those questions deserve a more incisive treatment than Mbugua accorded them. The article further argues that as with all other matters touching on the way things are rather than the way they ought to be, the answer to the question as to whether or not eternal damnation exists cannot be determined by our opinions - its existence or non-existence is an objective fact. Consequently, philosophers cannot revise the fact to their liking; what they can do is to accept or reject the doctrine of eternal damnation altogether on rational grounds, but with no assurance that the objective fact is on their chosen side.



Eternal damnation, hell, attributes of God, biblical doctrine

Author Biography

R MJ Oduor, University of Nairobi
Dr. Reginald M.J. Oduor is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and the founding Editor-in-Chief of the New Series of Thought and Practice. His main philosophical interests are in political philosophy, ethics, philosophy of religion and African Philosophy. He is also the Chairman of the Society of Professionals with Visual Disabilities based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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