Church Fresco Depicts Tito, Marx and Engels in Hell

The Church is in Montenegro: A church in Montenegro has sparked controversy by displaying a fresco depicting Yugoslav communist leader Josip Broz Tito in the fires of hell with Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. The newly built Church of Resurrection in the capital Podgorica has already drawn criticism for its lavish design. Critics now say…

This Is True, and Not Just in the USA

Wherein Fr Z reflects: The Roman historian Livy wrote about the terminal decline of the Roman Republic that “Nec vitia nostra nec remedia pati possumus… We can bear neither our vices nor the remedies.” Alas, I fear that our vices have called forth precisely the leaders that reflect those vices.  The vices feed the leaders, and…

Is Heaven Hotter than Hell?

According to the Bible, as calculated in the August 1972 issue of Applied Optics: The temperature of Heaven can be rather accurately computed from  available data. Our authority is the Bible: Isaiah 30:26 reads, Moreover  the light of the Moon shall be as the light of the Sun and the light of  the Sun shall…

The Myth of the Burning Garbage Dump of Gehenna

I have long wanted to do a little work to debunk the endlessly repeated myth that the Hinnom Valley (Gehenna) was a perpetually burning trash dump.  There simply is no evidence to support the idea, but because it seems a reasonable explanation for the origin of the Hinnom Valley as “hell,” writers and preachers accept…

Is Hell Crowded or Empty?

Writes Fr Robert Barron: An Internet controversy is percolating around a soon-to-be-published book by well-known evangelical preacher Rob Bell. In “Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived,” Bell advocates the “universalist” position on salvation, which holds that everyone in the end is saved and that hell, accordingly,…