“Why Do People Believe in Hell?” – Link To An Interesting New York Times Article

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*This is not an affiliate link. I just think that The New York Times is great. True, they do feature columnists such as Bret Stephens, Ross Douthat and David Brooks [to name only a few] but they also publish the incomparable Paul Krugman and others of similar intellectual honesty.

And the New York Times publishes numerous interesting articles available nowhere else on the internet. So, go ahead and scribe now.

Here’s an example of one of their interesting articles:

Why Do People Believe in Hell?

The idea of eternal damnation is neither biblically, philosophically nor morally justified. But for many it retains a psychological allure. By David Bentley Hart
Dr. Hart is a philosopher, scholar of religion and cultural critic. Jan. 10, 2020.

David Bentley Hart is the author, most recently, of “That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation.”


Some have argued that that the belief in hell is a useful means of social control for the economic and political elite. Through the elite’s control of religious doctrines [often indirect and not obvious] religious beliefs, including the belief in the existence of hell, can facilitate elite goals.

An example of such goals is safeguarding the property rights [demands] of the super rich over the needs of the desperately poor.

Here are some thoughts from Dr. Sagan:



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