In September 2012, the feature-length documentary Hellbound? was released in theaters across North America. I was one of the people interviewed joining a growing chorus of voices that were questioning the traditional view of hell as a place of eternal conscious torment.
The film asked a handful of “burning” questions. Does hell exist? If so, who goes there, and why? More importantly, what do our views about hell say about us and our understanding of God, people and politics? Does belief in a literal hell also bring people into conflict with other people? Has the religious right come from the hell-believing traditions?
Five years later, the debate over hell is far from settled, but the landscape in which such questions are being asked has changed radically. We’re in the AGE of TRUMP.
Hence, my pal filmmaker Kevin Miller decided it was time to go back to some of the people like me who appear in Hellbound? and others he met along the way to get our input on how the debate has shifted and how it’s remained the same. The result is the new book Hellrazed? where these writers and I are offering all sorts of perspectives, some highly academic, some polemic, some intensely personal, and all bound to impact how readers think and feel about this issue and how it set the stage for America’s revived love affair with revenge, division, racism, white nationalism and yes, the emergence of Trump.
Hellrazed? is available at these links: