Matt Dillahunty is president of the ACA and host of The Atheist Experience TV show. He has previously lectured on the history of the Biblical canon.
Most religions address the afterlife, including some cosmic system of rewards and punishment. Many of these afterlife claims include some place of torture, torment or purging that we might tend to generalize as "hell". In this lecture, we'll take a tour through a number of different concepts of hell by inspecting the art and literature that have helped spread this ubiquitous meme - even among the secular. While some modern theologians have abandoned claims of a literal hell, others continue to promote views that include lakes of fire and laughing saints. If Christianity and other religions were to die off tomorrow, would the concept of hell slip away as well?
The ACA Lecture Series is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin. The Atheist Community of Austin is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separation, to oppose discrimination against atheists and to work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals.
Atheist Community of Austin Lecturer: Matt Dillahunty