Will Young Christians Ever Dispatch the Fires Below?
An Internet hoax last year stated that Pope Francis declared hell incompatible with God’s message of love. It wasn’t true, but it fired the imaginations of young Christians who’d prefer to see their religion embrace, rather than condemn. Through the years, many Christians have sought unsuccessfully to dispense with the notion of hell. Today, only 58 percent of U.S. adults believe in everlasting torment, but the pope and most believers are hell-bent on clinging to Christianity’s carrot and its stick.