“(Hell is) not the place of punishment of the guilty, (it is) the common abode of departed spirits.”
“We have no sure knowledge of future punishment, and the word eternal has a far higher meaning.”
Perhaps this is why their Greek text does not have Mark 9:44, and their English translation replaces “everlasting fire” [Matt. 18:8] with “eternal fire” and change the meaning of eternal as cited by Hort in the above quote.
It is one thing to have doctrinal differences on baby-sprinkling and perhaps a few other interpretations. It is another to be a Darwin-believing theologian who rejects the authority of scriptures, Biblical salvation, the reality of hell, and makes Christ a created being to be worshipped with Mary his mother. Yet, these were the views of both Westcott and Hort. No less significant is the fact that both men were members of spiritist societies (the Hermes Club and the Ghostly Guild).