We didn’t fall from Eden–we are slowly but surely crawling out of hell

“A loathing of modernity is one of the great constants of contemporary social criticism.” So says Steven Pinker in the closing pages of The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. Pinker, and many others, see such angst underlying many contemporary movements, including environmentalism, religious fundamentalism, aboriginal rights initiatives, and even zombie apocalypse fantasies. [Read More...]

The best of all possible stories — can it be true?

That’s the title of the paper I’ll be delivering at Trinity Western University’s Hell and Damnation public philosophy lecture event on February 13. Also presenting will be TWU philosophy professor Myron Penner, whose paper is called “How to Be a Universalist.” The event kicks off at 7pm and will wrap around 9. Q&A to follow [Read More...]

52-minute version of “Hellbound?” now available

Good things come in small packages, or in this case, shorter packages. (Yikes, there’s no way to escape the innuendo, is there?) At any rate, we cut an abridged version of Hellbound? for CBC’s Documentary Channel, so I thought I’d also make it available online for those with short attention spans, don’t have a lot [Read More...]

“Where” would we be without hell?

Better ask Designer Jonathan Hull, who created a map of America’s most hellishly named places, and they are EVERYWHERE. Hull told The Huffington Post that he came up with the wicked idea after a trip to southern Utah, where many of the red rocks had similarly satanic names. More details here. [Read more...]

Live video chat on Halloween

I’ll be talking to the Raven Foundation about hell, Halloween and all sort of other scary stuff. You can tune in by subscribing to the Raven Foundation’s premium content channel on Patheos. [Read more...]

Inside the Evangelical Bunker

Parodies of this scene with Hitler never get old for me. I like everything about this except the “Don’t think like Hitler” bit at the end. [Read more...]

The best book on hell I’ve ever read

It’s called God’s Final Victory: A Comparable Philosophical Case for Universalism by John Kronen and Eric Reitan. This is far and away the most comprehensive, compelling and convincing book I’ve ever read on the topic. Whether you’re already a convinced or hopeful Universalist (or at least leaning in that direction) or if you’ve been won [Read More...]

Offensive? Inflammatory? Incredibly wrong? All of the above?

No, I’m not talking about my new cologne. I’m talking about this image, which I posted on the Hellbound? Facebook page today: So far it’s generated 41 likes, 25 shares and a whole lotta traffic. However, it also prompted some less than enthusiastic responses, with at least one person writing to say it was “incredibly [Read More...]

The “Hellbound?” store is officially open for DVD pre-orders!

The film is available in DVD and Blu-ray. Special features include interview outtakes, director’s commentary, “To Hell and Back” featurette and English, French and Spanish subtitles. Order it here! Pre-orders receive bonus souvenir toe tag and postcard while supplies last!   [Read more...]

“Hellbound?” to screen at Colloquium on Violence and Religion

Today it was officially announced that Hellbound? will screen at the annual Colloquium on Violence and Religion (COV&R), to be held at the University of Northern Iowa July 10-14. The theme of this year’s conference is “Space, Place and Mimetic Theory,” with a special emphasis on mimetic theory and the environment. Hellbound? will screen two [Read More...]


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