Why do we believe in hell?


The belief of a torturous after-life traces back millennia, across religions and cultures, and the idea of ultimate retribution remains culturally ingrained today. Billions of people believe they (usually others) will be tortured for eternity if they misbehave in their mortal lives. This idea isn’t new, and it snakes throughout history with considerable force.

But why do we believe in hell?

Candida Ross presents solid research and top-notch long-form journalism here. She carefully outlines the history of hell, and never veers far from objectivity and skepticism. Good read.



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