The latest book I checked out for the next Building Blocks project, Blanchard’s Whatever Happened to Hell?, only had two chapters on my key subject, the nature of hell – and Blanchard didn’t really commit to specifics (he declined to comment on the “temperature of hell”) other than to say he thinks “pain and suffering is involved. He does indicate that sources like Dante are not a reliable guide, and is not against metaphorical readings, but does maintain that the metaphor points to something worse than what would be literally portrayed.
He also goes further than some writers in making specific light of the “shame and contempt” associated with hell, especially in Dan. 12:2. However, he does not connect that shame to the fire and darkness imagery, as I do.
I also checked out some relevant stuff in Four Views on Hell, but that ended up being good for an E-Block article, so I will talk about it there. I’ll have another book review tomorrow, but on a different topic!