Annihilationism and Atheism: An Interesting Correlation

For the past week or so, I’ve been privately debating (via email, with some “listeners”) an advocate of annihilationism, an alternate belief to traditional views of hell and eternal punishment, contending that unbelievers are “annihilated” or extinct upon judgment. Hell is not eternal, they say, and neither is punishment, though the outcome of punishment mayContinue reading “Annihilationism and Atheism: An Interesting Correlation”

Chief Ends and Ultimate Ends (Part 2): Supreme Implications

In my last post, I summarized Edwards’ distinctions of various types of ends: chief end, ultimate end, subordinate end, and inferior end. Chief end and inferior end correspond oppositely to each other, while ultimate end and subordinate end correspond oppositely as well. In short, an ultimate end is one that is enjoyed for its own pleasureContinue reading “Chief Ends and Ultimate Ends (Part 2): Supreme Implications”

Chief Ends and Ultimate Ends (Part 1): A Review of Jonathan Edwards’ Distinctions

Last weekend, a friend of mine, Tom Musetti, reminded me of an article by Jonathan Edwards, where he talks about the end for which God created the world (this, in fact, is the title of his article). He begins by identifying and distinguishing some key terms: chief end and ultimate end (along with subordinate end, inferiorContinue reading “Chief Ends and Ultimate Ends (Part 1): A Review of Jonathan Edwards’ Distinctions”