Hell

GUESTS: FATHER ED INGEBRETSEN *Associate Professor of English, Georgetown University *Author, Maps of Heaven, Maps of Hell: Religious Terror as Memory From Puritans through Stephen King, and Making Monsters: Politics of Fear and Scandal (M. E. Sharp, 1996) *Catholic Priest PROFESSOR RABBI BURTON VISTOTZKY *Professor of the Midrash and Interreligious studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary *Author, The Road to Redemption (Crown, 1998) Hell has many faces. There's the literal Hell of scripture, the literary Hell of Dante, and the goofy Hell of Far Side cartoons. The Catholic Church recently offered another version, declaring that Hell was not a place, but a state of being. Some speculate the Pope's recent statements are an attempt to modernize Hell's significance for a new millennium. Does Hell still hold any meaning for modern people, or is it an outdated concept? Join Melinda Penkava and guests for a tour of Hell, on the next Talk of the Nation, from NPR News.

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