Inventing Hell

Dante, the Bible and Eternal Torment
By Jon M. Sweeney (Trade Paperback, 2014)
Hell: The word means terror, darkness, and eternal separation from God. Some people think the Bible is clear about hell, but what if they're mistaken?

With gripping narrative and solid scholarship, Sweeney charts hell's "evolution" from the Old Testament underworld Sheol, through history and literature, to the greatest influencer of all: Dante's Inferno. He reveals how the modern idea of hell is based mostly on Dante's imaginative genius-but in the process, he offers a more constructive understanding of the afterlife than ever before.

Disturbing and enthralling, Sweeney will forever alter what we think happens to us after we die-and more importantly, he will make us reconsider how we live.
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    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $16.00 US/$18.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9781455582242

    • On Sale Date: 06/17/2014

    • Publisher: FaithWords

    Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Electronic Book

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Hell: The word means terror, darkness, and eternal separation from God. Some people think the Bible is clear about hell, but what if they're mistaken?

With gripping narrative and solid scholarship, Sweeney charts hell's "evolution" from the Old Testament underworld Sheol, through history and literature, to the greatest influencer of all: Dante's Inferno. He reveals how the modern idea of hell is based mostly on Dante's imaginative genius-but in the process, he offers a more constructive understanding of the afterlife than ever before.

Disturbing and enthralling, Sweeney will forever alter what we think happens to us after we die-and more importantly, he will make us reconsider how we live.

Jon M. Sweeney is an independent scholar, culture critic, and popular speaker with 25 years of experience in spirituality trade publishing. Raised a fundamentalist Protestant, today Jon is a Catholic who prefers a monastic-style practice.
  • "I don't recommend a stay in hell. But I highly recommend this book on it!"

  • "Sweeney uncovers a tangle of mysteries."

  • "Clear and engaging... How refreshing to read a book which recognizes that fear does not inspire morality and no one faith is given the key to paradise. In fact, it's heavenly!"

  • "Sweeney is very even-handed when addressing some of the more controversial Catholic beliefs about Mary-his prose comes across as earnest and respectful, while remaining informed and unafraid of critique."

  • "If you let Jon Sweeney be your tour guide to Hell, you'll love the journey. You'll learn a lot about what you thought was in the Bible, but isn't, and about what you thought you knew about Hell, but now need to rethink. Jon's writing is a delight on every page." 

  • "Jon Sweeney, one of my favorite contemporary spiritual writers."

  • "Beguiling and totally delicious...solidly crafted and deadly serious. Sweeney has taken on one of the most convoluted and dangerous areas of theology and deftly shown not only its ideational history, but also its human ramifications. His scholarship is impeccable and his sense of humor ubiquitous. Dante himself would have loved this one!"

  • "Sweeney achieves a fine balance between excellent scholarship and sweet accessibility for every average reader." 

  • "Far from a dry, academic discourse INVENTING HELL makes for great reading. The book reveals the little known confluence of theology, culture, and literature that has shaped our notions of the afterlife. Every minister, priest, rabbi, and sheikh needs to read this book, and so do we all."

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Inventing Hell
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Price: $16.00 US/$18.00 CAN
  • Pages: 208
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 8"
  • ISBN-13: 9781455582242
  • On Sale Date: 06/17/2014
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