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Annihilationism is the view that the wicked do not suffer eternally in Hell, but rather are annihilated and cease to exist after death.

The teaching is frequently held by groups which oppose traditional Christianity and are traditionally considered cults (such as Seventh-Day Adventists,[1] Mormons, and Jehovah's Witnesses), but with the decline of Biblical inerrancy in most mainline denominations it has become prevalent there.[2] As expected, the teaching is regarded as heretical by most Christians, both within Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant groups.


  2. A variant would teach that Hell is reserved only for the "most wicked", not specifically defined by liberal theologians but generally accepted to refer to historical figures considered evil, such as Hitler.