Kevin Miller on Hell, Universal Salvation, and Mimetic Theory

Hell. The concept has come under fire. Fortunately, Kevin Miller is here to put out the flames.

Kevin is the star and director of the critically important documentary Hellbound?, where Kevin interviews a diverse group of pastors, theologians, social commentators, and musicians. Kevin also blogs at his excellent website, Hellbound?: Exploring Faith and Film, Good and Evil.

In the interview, Kevin brilliantly expands on many of the themes of Hellbound? and explores hell from the perspective of mimetic theory.

Kevin is an engaging and thoughtful theologian who plainly reveals why the discussion about hell matters to our world. Some personal highlights for me in the interview are the topics:

  • Does “hell” make God into the Ultimate Scapegoater?
  • What about the Atonement? Does Christ become a victim to end all victim making, even victims of hell?
  • What is the connection between God and violence?
  • Can Christians believe in universal salvation?
  • Does “free will” exist?
  • What kind of a world are we creating with the theology that we hold?
  • Does God create hell, or do humans create hell for one another?
  • What about the scales of justice? Doesn’t someone have to pay the price for justice?
  • Is this conversation really about the fact that Christians worship different gods? Is one a sacrificial god and the other a nonsacrificial god?

For more, check out Kevin’s website here. You can purchase the Hellbound? DVD here.

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