Oh dear. Someone once said that St. Anselm's ontological argument might as well be God is that being than whom no more evil being can be conceived. It is also said sometimes that Christians have the sort of religious philosophy they have because they simply aren't capable to understand anything better. Anyway, I really do have trouble accepting that fire and brimstone notions could not be true, that they are simply an error or a whip to hold unintelligent people (including Christians) in check. So much harm has been done in the name of those fire and brimstone notions, so much suffering, so much time and energy invested - that to think that it was all for naught, or nothing but a controlling strategy is very difficult to accept, for me at least.