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Hell - Descent of Christ into Hell
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Part of Hell:

1. Doctrine

2. Descent of Christ into Hell

In the article of the creed “the descent into hell”, one must distinguish between the mode of expression and the statement intended. The expression makes use of terms borrowed from: accounts of descents to the underworld in various ancient religions. But the statement intended is a genuinely Christian one.

1. Descent into hell as assertion of death. “The descent into hell” (Apostles’ Creed, D 6) or “the descent into the underworld” (Fourth Lateran Council, D 429; Second Council of Lyons, D 462) means first of all that Jesus trul…

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Robert Lachenschmid, “Hell - Descent of Christ into Hell”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 23 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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