A little tidbit of info re: Hell's dimensions:
In 1588 Galileo distinguished himself in a city-wide contest by most convincingly determining the location, shape, and dimensions of Hell as portrayed
in Dante's famous "Inferno" and gave 2 public lectures at the Accademia Fiorentina (Florentine Academy) on this.
Every religion has various concepts of Hell. Here is one link on various religious concepts of Hell:
and about tangible, physical, scientific proof for Hell's existence:
I believe Hell is not a physical place, but a state a soul enters into, since the soul does not have physical qualities.
Exerpts from the Catholic Encyclopedia describing Hell are as follows:
"...The term hell is cognate to "hole" (cavern) and "hollow". It is a substantive formed from the Anglo-Saxon helan or behelian, "to hide".
This verb has the same primitive as the Latin occulere and celare and the Greek kalyptein. Thus by derivation hell denotes a dark and hidden
"...The Latin infernus (inferum, inferi), the Greek Hades, and the Hebrew sheol correspond to the word hell. Infernus is derived from the root in;
hence it designates hell as a place within and below the earth. Haides, formed from the root fid, to see, and a privative, denotes an invisible,
hidden, and dark place; thus it is similar to the term hell..."
"...The Bible seems to indicate that hell is within the earth, for it describes hell as an abyss to which the wicked descend. We even read [in the
Bible] of the earth opening and of the wicked sinking down into...theologians generally accept the opinion that hell is really within the earth. The
[Catholic] Church has decided nothing on this subject; hence we may say hell is a definite place; but where it is, we do not know..."
"...St. Augustine says: "...the nature of hell-fire and the location of hell are known to no man unless the Holy Ghost made it known to him by a
special revelation"...) Elsewhere he expresses...that hell is under the earth..."
"...St. Gregory the Great wrote: "I do not dare to decide this question. Some thought hell is somewhere on earth; others believe it is under the
[Edited on 11/6/04 by aWoman]