Reason #2 — Be part of something historic

Many careful observers believe that the worldwide evangelical church is in the process of reforming its view of Hell. While still a minority view, conditional immortality has grown so fast as to make this virtually inevitable, in our opinion. Conditionalism very nearly held sway in the nineteenth century, and has resurged in recent decades to the point where major evangelical bodies have already allowed room for it in their statements of faith.

Lately, the rise of evangelical conditionalism and Rethinking Hell have been noticed and reported on by several secular news outlets, such as the New York Times and National Geographic, and a feature film has even been made about one of the movement’s leading authors. Whatever your view on the topic, something remarkable is taking place. With each passing year, more notable Bible scholars, seminarians, pastors and authors declare their conviction that this view is correct.

Take Preston Sprinkle, for example, who co-authored the well-received book “Erasing Hell” with Francis Chan. As one of our keynote speakers at this conference, Preston will share how he has come to embrace conditionalism since doing the research for that book. Or consider the renowned scholar E. Earl Ellis, who taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. Or Baptist theologian Dale Moody, who studied at Dallas Theological Seminary. Or any number of leading figures such as John Stott, John Wenham, Richard Bauckham, I. Howard Marshall, and P. E. Hughes, the likes of whom J.I. Packer called “honored fellow evangelicals” despite his disagreement with them on this topic.

All this momentum doesn’t mean the view is right, of course. Only time will tell which view will prevail. But if you want to be in the know right now, the Rethinking Hell conference is the place to be! If we are in the midst of a kind of minor reformation, you’ll be able to say "I was there!"