After Lives

After Lives

A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory

Book - 2009
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"One of the most profound, deeply affecting questions we face as human beings is the matter of our mortality - and its connection to immorality. Ancient animist ghost cultures, Egyptian mummification, late Jewish hopes of resurrection, Christian eternal salvation, Muslim belief in hell and paradise all spring from a remarkably consistent impulse to tether a triumph over death to our conduct in life." "In After Lives, British scholar John Casey provides a rich historical and philosophical exploration of the world beyond, from the ancient Egyptians to St. Thomas Aquinas, from Martin Luther to modern Mormons. In a lively, wide-ranging discussion, he examines such topics as predestination, purgatory, Spiritualism, the Rapture, Armageddon and current Muslim apocalyptics, as well as the impact of such influences as the New Testament, St. Augustine, Dante, and the Second Vatican Council. Ideas of heaven and hell, Casey argues, illuminate how we understand the ultimate nature of sin, justice, punishment, and our moral sense itself. The concepts of eternal bliss and eternal punishment express - and test - our ideas of good and evil."--BOOK JACKET
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780195092950
0195092953
Characteristics: viii, 468 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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