. . . but were afraid to ask! This book is an excellent, succinct survey on the spectrum of views on the nature of hell within the Christian community. It gives a fair and objective analysis of the various positions, focusing on the traditional view and the "conditional" view (i.e, the idea that souls in hell are eventually destroyed, not tormented forever), and offers Biblically-based critiques of each position. The book addresses questions such as "What do the Old Testament and New Testaments really say about hell?" "How can a loving God allow people to suffer in hell?" "Is hell really eternal?" Although it is a tad academically-oriented (wonderfully footnoted for those who want to read more), it is still quite accessible to the aveage lay reader. This is a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered what the Bible really teaches about hell.