What is the difference between the religious connotations of Perdition and Hell?
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Perdition is the name, in Christian theology, of the state of eternal punishment. Hell is the name given in many religions to a place where evil resides, and where people may be confined to after death, as a punishment for their behaviour during their life.
So: hell is a place, and it is a concept shared between many religions; perdition is a state, and it is a specifically Christian concept.
Definitions are those of the New Oxford American Dictionary:
Both, Perdition and Hell are the same, but Hell seems to be a more universal place. As F'x has said its concept and name are shared between several religions, for example there is Helheim in Scandinavian mythology where a goddess (well, not actually a goddess, but to keep it simple...) named Hel lives and rules. Perdition is more specific, I think, and also it means destruction, death and downfall that is why Judas is called Son of Perdition.