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What if God is better than you think and hell isn't an eternal torture chamber?

Many Christians are unaware that Universal Reconciliation was the dominant view of the church for the first 500 years, with Annihilation and Eternal Torment as minority positions. Jesus Undefeated is an eye-opening examination of all three views of the afterlife and a God who is even more loving than we dare imagine. Discover the Gospel that is not merely "Good News", but fantastically "Great News."

©2019 Keith Giles (P)2020 Keith Giles

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A new look at an old question

Looking at the scriptures and the early Fathers of the Church, Giles points out that both Jewish and early Christian views of the afterlife were by no means unanimous. The school of Rome, which saw eternal damnation as one outcome, was but one of three schools of early Christian thought. Neither the Apostle's Creed nor the Nicene Creed supports the view of eternal damnation. The doctrine of universal reconciliation was more widely held. St. Basil, in his writings, supports the view of eternal damnation not on scriptural grounds, but in order to govern by fear. "Sinners in the hand of an angry God" is the view of a Yale president, Jonathan Edwards, but cannot be found in the Bible.

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  • Big T
  • 16-05-20

So Good

Love all of Keith’s work. Being raised in the cult of Christian fundamentalism this book is a much needed breath of fresh air to me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-12-21

An easily digestible book on a complex issue.

Keith Giles wonderfully articulates the 3 exclusive treatments of the scripture regarding hell. He clearly Articulates and contrasts "Eternal Conscience Torment", "Conditional Immortality", and "Patristic Universalism"; covering the biblical support of each. He honestly addresses the bias each view brings to scripture and ties each to Jesus life and teachings. As the book progresses through many of the questions and contrasts, patristic universalism is clearly demonstrated as the preeminent hope and teaching of the Old and New Testament writers, and a majority of early Church fathers. This book will challenge and shift your view if given the honest curiosity required to engage with it. Highly Recommended.

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  • Richard Jarman
  • 27-01-21

A fair, reasoned look at a very tough subject

A book like this will challenge those of us who grew up believing that the only biblical belief was that those who die without Christ go to Hell, where they are tormented for eternity. Giles shows us that there have always been 3 biblical views of what happens when we die. And he explains, from scripture and reason, why universal reconciliation is the most logical view.

The book is well-written. The narrator does a fantastic job. Well done, all the way around!