The Dogma of Hell

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The Dogma of Hell explores the basic Catholic doctrine on Hell, purposefully awakening in the reader a profound realization of its reality and eternity of horrors. Eminent French theologian Fr F X Schouppe, SJ, author of Purgatory Explained by the Lives and Legends of the Saints, has written here a similar but much smaller book.

In short chapters, he has recounted numerous true stories, apparitions of the damned, and complete Catholic teaching on Hell. He clearly shows that for those who are not motivated to do good out of love of God, the fear of Hell is a legitimate and often salutary motive for avoiding sin.

Although the subject matter is frightening, the ultimate purpose of this book is not to frighten souls, but to help them avoid damnation by reminding them of the pain and suffering in an eternity spent in the absence of God.

REGARDING THE IMPRIMATUR, according to the new Code of Canon Law issued in 1983, Canon 827, paragraphs 2 and 3, books of a general religious nature are no longer required to have an Imprimatur.

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  • 4 Feb 6th 2011
    Fascinating read

    I would like to see more discussion of Hell itself not just stories concerning those who are condemned. It's best for "entertainment" rather than research. It's very sobering and inspired me to really examine my conscience. Best Uses: To read true accounts; Cons: Not enough study of hell, Title is misleading; Pros: Chilling, Makes you think, Sobering

    Devout Roman Catholic

  • 4 Nov 28th 2010
    Hell; You don't want to go there...but

    This is a book rich in dogma and also gives some scary mystical experiences. Best Uses: Dogma, Information; Pros: Scary, True


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