Abominable fancy

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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.[1] According to Philip C. Almond, this view was held by several early Christian philosophers, including Augustine, Tertullian, Thomas Aquinas and Peter Lombard.[2][3]


  1. ^ The Decline of Hell: Seventeenth-Century Discussions of Eternal Torment. Walker DP. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1964
  2. ^ Philip C. Almond, Heaven and Hell in Enlightenment England, p.97. ISBN 978-0521101257
  3. ^ Alice Bennett, Afterlife and Narrative in Contemporary Fiction, p.204. ISBN 1137022698.