In After We Die, philosopher Stephen T. Davis subjects one of Christianity's key beliefs-that Christians not only will survive death but also will enjoy bodily resurrection-to searching philosophical analysis. Facing each critique squarely, Davis contends that traditional, historic belief about the eschatological future is philosophically defensible.
Davis examines personal extinction, reincarnation, and immortality of the soul. By juxtaposing two systems of salvation-reincarnation/karma and resurrection/grace-Davis explores the Christian claim that humans will be raised from the dead, as well as the radical Christian assertions of Jesus' resurrection, ascension, and long-anticipated return. Davis finally addresses Christian thinking about heaven, hell, and purgatory.
The philosophical defense of Christianity's core beliefs enables Davis to render a reasonable answer to the eternal question of what happens to us after we die. After We Die is essential reading for teachers and students of philosophy, theology, and Bible, as well as anyone interested in a reasoned analysis of historic Christian faith, particularly as it pertains to the inevitable end of each and every human being.
After We Die demonstrates that even the most minimal attempt to explain resurrection runs into logical snares and theological conundrums. Davis is scrupulous about noting difficulties and ingenious in offering possible solutions. I heartily commend his efforts to any preacher or teacher called upon to explain resurrection. -- Dennis O'Brien -- The Christian Century
Davis's After We Die is extremely well written, up-to-date, and full of interesting arguments, dealt with in a systematic way. -- Benedikt Paul Goecke -- Reading Religion
A very effective and well-argued personal vision of.the afterlife -- Lloyd Strickland -- International Journal for Philosophy of Religion
Introduction1. Survival of Death Theories2. Karma versus Grace3. Resurrection4. Ascension and Second Coming5. Hell6. Purgatory7. HeavenConclusionNotesBibliographyScripture IndexGeneral Index