The topic of hell has been a hot one over the past few months (sorry, I couldn't resist that one). Rob Bell's book Love Wins set off a firestorm (sorry again) over the existence and nature of hell.
Does hell exist? If so is hell forever? Or, do all the baddies just get annihilated?
These questions helped to fan the flames of debate (sorry) and as a result the publishers presses have been running hot (sorry) with new books and articles examining hell.
One such publisher is Christian History Magazine which has recently published a brief survey and guide on the History of Hell. This 32 page booklet can be read on line and is searchable. It provides an overview of the three traditional interpretations and covers Christian thought on the topic from the second century to the modern period. It also provides 8 pages of suggested resources for further reading. So if you are interested on how hell has been viewed throughout history click on the link to access the booklet. It promises to be a hot read (sorry, again).