The term "abominable fancy" was first used by Frederic Farrar for the long-standing Christian idea that the eternal punishment of the damned in Hell would entertain the saved. According to Philip C. Almond, this view was held by several early Christian philosophers, including Augustine, Tertullian, Thomas Aquinas and Peter Lombard.
- The Decline of Hell: Seventeenth-Century Discussions of Eternal Torment. Walker DP. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1964
- Philip C. Almond, Heaven and Hell in Enlightenment England, p.97. ISBN 978-0521101257
- Alice Bennett, Afterlife and Narrative in Contemporary Fiction, p.204. ISBN 1137022698.
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