Pastoral Reflections: Counseling in cases of death outside of Christ? (4 of 4)
It is one thing to theologically affirm hell and eternal condemnation. It is quite another matter to counsel those who have lost loved one’s separate from Christ. In this discussion, Geoffrey Fulkerson questions Gerald Hiestand (Calvin Memorial Church) and Michael McClymond (St. Louis Univerity) on this difficult pastoral subject.
Michael J. McClymond is Professor of Modern Christianity at Saint Louis University. He was educated at Northwestern University (B. A. in Chemistry), Yale University (M.Div.), and the University of Chicago (M.A. in Religion, Ph.D. in Theology). McClymond’s book, Encounters With God: An Approach to the Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Oxford University Press, 1998), received the 1999 Brewer Prize from the American Society of Church History as the best first book in the history of Christianity. He was co-editor of (with Professor David Noel Freedman of University of California, San Diego) and a contributor to The Rivers of Paradise: Moses, Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, and Muhammad as Religious Founders (Eerdmans, 2001), editor of Embodying the Spirit: New Perspectives on North American Revivalism (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004), and author of Familiar Stranger: An Introduction to Jesus of Nazareth (Eerdmans, 2004; winner of the Award of Merit in 2005 from Christianity Today magazine). With Lamin Sanneh of Yale University, McClymond is currently co-editing the Blackwell-Wiley Companion to World Christianity (Basil Blackwell, 2014).