Evil, Suffering, Death, and Afterlife

My Publications

Death and the Afterlife in the New Testament. London: T & T Clark, 2006.

“Afterlife, Judaism and Christianity.” Pages 156-161 in Wiley-Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Edited by Roger S. Bagnall, Kai Broderson, Craige B. Champion, Andrew Erskine, and Sabine R. Huebner. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. This article appears as “Afterlife, Judaism and Christianity,” pages 1-5 in the online, subscription-only, edition of Wiley-Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of Ancient History, eds. Roger S. Bagnall, Kai Broderson, Craige B. Champion, Andrew Erskine, and Sabine R. Huebner. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

“The Afterlife: Considering Heaven and Hell.” Word & World 31/1 (2011): 65-74. | Free

“‘I Will Raise [Whom?] Up on the Last Day’: Anthropology as a Feature of Johannine Eschatology.” Pages 29-53 in New Currents Through John. Edited by Francisco Lozada and Tom Thatcher. Hardcover edition: Leiden: Brill Academic Publishing. Paperback edition: Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature Publications, 2006.

“‘Evil, Suffering, and Death in the New Testament’ Syllabus.” Christian Century 124, no. 4 (2007 Feb. 20): 33. | icon_doc Download

Interviewee in the documentary film Hellbound? Directed by Kevin Miller. Produced by David Rempel. September, 2012.

Hellbound? is not just timely and engaging—it’s smart. Everyone who watches this movie will find someone they agree with and someone they disagree with. The movie will teach you things you didn’t know, introduce you to people or ideas you may be unfamiliar with, and explain further things you may have some inkling about. Visually, intellectually and emotionally provocative, sometimes even stunning, the movie keeps your attention to the very end. It’s the kind of movie that you want to watch with other people and then go out afterwards to talk about. I highly recommend it. I regularly teach a course on “Evil, Suffering, Death and Afterlife.” This movie will be required viewing and will even replace a couple of the course readings since it does such an excellent job of both explicating and summarizing key concepts and debates in Christianity over thousands of years. See the movie and get conversations going around it—we need to give serious, sustained, reasoned, civil discussions around this important aspect of the Christian faith.


Other Recommendations

On the Afterlife:

Gulley, Philip and James Mulholland. If Grace Is True: Why God Will Save Every Person. Reprint Edition. San Francisco: HarperOne, 2010.

Linn, Dennis, Sheila Fabricant Linn, and Matthew Linn. Good Goats: Healing Our Image of God. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist, 1994.

Nichols, Terence. Death and Afterlife: A Theological Introduction. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2010.


On Satan and Angels:

Garrett, Susan R. No Ordinary Angel: Celestial Spirits and Christian Claims about Jesus. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008.


On Hell and Heaven:

Baker, Sharon. Razing Hell. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2010.

Russell, Jeffrey Barton. A History of Heaven. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998.