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Response to Webster and Lauber

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 May 2009

Alyssa Lyra Pitstick*
Hope College, PO Box 9000, Holland, MI 49422-9000,


Given the extent of agreement between Dr Webster and myself, his article suggests how this topic may promote ecumenical reappropriation of our common Christian heritage. Now if we can only get the Catholics to agree among themselves. . . Seriously, however, he has identified the fundamental questions of my book: what are our doctrinal commitments as Christians, and do we take them seriously enough to accept that not all positions are compatible with them? Are we consequently willing to set aside some propositions, or even adopt others?

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1 Paul J. Griffiths, ‘Is There a Doctrine of the Descent into Hell?’, in Pro Ecclesia, 17/3 (Summer 2008), pp. 257–68, and presented in an earlier version at the Barth Society in San Diego, 2007, in conjunction with papers from Webster and Lauber. This article responds to all three papers.