“Far from a dry, academic discourse, Inventing Hell makes for great reading. The book reveals the little-known confluence of theology, culture, and literature that has shaped our notions of the afterlife. Every minister, priest, rabbi, and sheikh needs to read this book, and so do we all.”
Rabbi David Zaslow, author, Jesus: First-Century Rabbi
“If you let Jon Sweeney be your tour guide to Hell, you’ll love the journey. You’ll learn a lot about what you thought was in the Bible, but isn’t, and about what you thought you knew about Hell, but now need to rethink. Jon’s writing is a delight on every page.”
Brian D. McLaren, author, We Make the Road by Walking
This story of how Hell got "invented" is engaging, erudite, and illuminating. It could be the most important theology book you ever read. It is also hilarious. Jon Sweeney, convert to Catholicism and married to a rabbi, author of two dozen of his own religious books and editor of hundreds of others, delves into the question of Hell with intellectual curiosity, sincere faith, and good humor. He pretty much proves that it was Dante who gave us the Hell we have, and then he admonishes us to think again about the hell that exists around us every day.