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Beyond Death : Theological and Philosophical Reflections of Life after Death - Dan Cohn-Sherbok

Beyond Death

Theological and Philosophical Reflections of Life after Death

By: Dan Cohn-Sherbok (Editor), Christopher Lewin (Editor), Lionel Blue (Introduction by)

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'In a book of such varied contents, it is certain that eveyone will find something which will challenge and inform - and indeed, on occasion, inspire.' - John Bowker, Church Times Throughout history human beings have been preoccupied with personal survival after death. As a consequence, most world religions proclaim that life continues beyond the grave, and they have depicted the Hereafter in a variety of forms. These various conceptions constitute answers to the most perplexing spiritual questions: Will we remember our former lives in the Hereafter? Will we have bodies? Can bodiless souls recognize each other? Will we continue to have personal identity? Will we be punished or rewarded, or absorbed into the Godhead? These issues serve as the basis of this collection of essays which provide a framework for understanding traditional conceptions of the Hereafter as well as new perspectives.

Introductory reflections - life beyond life, Lionel Blue. Part 1 The afterlife in the world's religions: a Christian approach to eternal life, Peter Vardy; "go joyfully" - the mystery of death and resurrection, Kallistos Ware; the Christian Heaven - David Brown; the Jewish doctrine of Hell, Dan Cohn-Sherbok; life and beyond in the Qu'ran, Muhammed Abdel Haleem; the indestructible soul - Indian and Asian beliefs, Geoffrey Parrinder; death's rituals, Victor de Waal; mourning - the song is over but the memory lingers on, Martin Israel. Part 2 New perspectives: death and immortality - towards a global synthesis, Paul Badham; beyond death - the case of new religions, Peter Clarke; death and the afterlife - new approaches to an old question, Arthur Berger; are near-death experiences really suggestive of life after death?, Christopher Cherry; the near-death experience - a glimpse of Heaven and Hell?, David Lorimer; human survival and death; a fate worse than death, Andrew (A.N.) Wilson; beyond the crematorium - popular belief, Christopher Lewis; suggestions for further reading, Paul Badham.

ISBN: 9780333630730
ISBN-10: 0333630734
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 219
Published: 1st March 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.79  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 3