|Edward William Fudge|
July 13, 1944 |
|Alma mater||Abilene Christian University, University of Houston College of Law|
|Employer||The Lanier Law Firm, LLP|
Edward William Fudge (born July 13, 1944) is an American Christian theologian and lawyer, best known for his book The Fire that Consumes, in which he argues against traditionalist Christian interpretations of Hell. He has been called "one of the foremost scholars on hell" by The Christian Post. He is the subject of the 2012 independent film Hell and Mr. Fudge.
Fudge was raised by devout parents. His mother was the child of missionaries to southern Africa, and his father was a Christian publisher and a minister in Churches of Christ. He received bachelor's and master's degrees at Abilene Christian University and completed law school at the University of Houston College of Law. Fudge was raised in non-institutional Churches of Christ, attending Florida College before transferring to Abilene Christian. After completing his master's in Biblical languages from Abilene, Fudge ministered for non-institutional Churches of Christ in St. Louis and Athens, Alabama. Fudge then moved to Houston, Texas, where he has lived since.
The Fire That Consumes
Although Fudge has published several books, only The Fire That Consumes has been through multiple editions. The first edition was published in late 1982, A second edition was published in 1994. A third edition appeared in 2011. The book examines the doctrines of Hell, from both Old and New Testament references, as well as the historical development of the doctrine of Hell as eternal, conscious torment.
Since its first publication, The Fire That Consumes has been cited in multiple different papers and articles reviewing non-traditional Christian doctrines of Hell, including articles in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Evangelical Quarterly, Christian Research Institute Journal, Reformation & Revival, and Themelios. Christianity Today picked it as one of four volumes representing the "annihilationist" viewpoint on Hell in a 2000 topical bibliography.
In addition to The Fire That Consumes, Fudge's theological assertions regarding Hell were featured in Two Views of Hell: A Biblical & Theological Dialogue, with Robert A. Peterson defending a traditional interpretation of Hell.
Hell and Mr. Fudge
Fudge is the subject of a biopic, entitled Hell and Mr. Fudge, produced by Pat Arrabito and directed by Jeff Wood, with Mackenzie Astin starring as Fudge. The film was released at the 2012 Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival. Fudge cooperated in the film's development.
Fudge is behind gracEmail, an email ministry in which he sends out several short emails focusing on biblical and Christian themes every week. He has also written books on other topics, including a commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews and a book on the topic of receiving guidance from God.
- A.A. Florida College (1965)
- B.A. Abilene Christian University (1967)
- M.A. Abilene Christian University (1968)
- J.D. University of Houston College of Law (1988)
- Resurrection!: Essays in Honor of Homer Hailey, Athens, Alabama: C.E.I. Publishing Company, 1973. ISBN 978-0-88407-003-0.
- Our Man in Heaven: An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1974.
- The Fire That Consumes: A Biblical and Historical Study of the Doctrine of Final Punishment, Providential Press, 1982. ISBN 978-0-89890-018-7.
- The Sound of His Voice: Discovering the Secrets of God's Guidance, Abilene, Texas: New Leaf Books, 2002. ISBN 978-0-97142-894-2.
- GracEmail: Daily Answers for Life's Big Questions, Abilene, Texas: Hillcrest Publishing, 2003. ISBN 978-0-89112-489-4.
- Hebrews: Ancient Encouragement for Believers Today, Abilene, Texas: Leafwood Publishers, 2009. ISBN 978-0-89112-625-6.
- Two Views of Hell: A Biblical & Theological Dialogue (Spectrum), with Peterson, Robert A., Downer's Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2010. ISBN 0-83082-255-0.
- The Divine Rescue: The Gripping Drama of a Lost World and of the Creator Who Will Not Let It Go., Abilene, Texas: Leafwood Publishers, 2010. ISBN 978-0-89112-645-4.
- Hell: A Final Word, Abilene, Texas: Leafwood Publishers, 2012. ISBN 978-0-89112-149-7.
- Vu, Michelle A. (June 23, 2011). "Interview: Scholar Edward Fudge on Alternative Third View of Hell". The Christian Post. Retrieved December 23, 2011.
- "The Personal Pages". Edward Fudge Ministries. Retrieved December 23, 2011.
- "The Personal Pages: my professional life". Edward Fudge Ministries. Retrieved December 23, 2011.
- "A Conversation With Edward Fudge". New Wineskins. Retrieved December 26, 2011.
- ISBN 0-89890-018-2, subtitled A Biblical and Historical Study of Final Punishment, published by Providential Press
- ISBN 0-85364-587-6, subtitled The Biblical Case for Conditional Immortality, published by Authentic Media
- ISBN 1-60899-930-0, subtitled A Biblical and Historical Study of the Doctrine of Final Punishment, published by Wipf & Stock Publishers
- Crockett, William V. (June, 1991). "Wrath That Endures Forever". Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 34 (2): 195–202. Retrieved December 23, 2011.
- Bowles, Ralph G. (2001). "Does Revelation 14:11 Teach Eternal Torment? Examining a Proof-text on Hell". Evangelical Quarterly 73 (1): 21–36.
- Gomes, Alan W. (Spring, 1991). "Evangelicals and the Annihilation of Hell (Part One)". Christian Research Institute Journal: 14ff. Retrieved December 23, 2011.
- Gomes, Alan W. (Summer, 1991). "Evangelicals and the Annihilation of Hell (Part Two)". Christian Research Institute Journal: 8ff. Retrieved December 23, 2011.
- Packer, James I. (Spring, 1997). "Evangelical Annihilationism in Review". Reformation & Revival 6 (2): 37–52. Retrieved December 23, 2011.
- Gray, Tony (January, 1996). "Destroyed For Ever: An Examination of the Debates Concerning Annihilation and Conditional Immortality". Themelios 21 (2): 14–18. Retrieved December 23, 2011.
- "Rightly Dividing the Hell Debate: Key Advocates and Writings". Christianity Today 44 (12). October 23, 2000. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
- Fudge, Edward William; Peterson, Robert A. (2000). Two Views of Hell: A Biblical & Theological Dialogue. InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-8308-2255-3. Retrieved December 25, 2011.
- "2011 speaking/travel schedule". Edward Fudge Ministries. Retrieved December 23, 2011.