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The Eclipse of Eternity : A Sociology of the Afterlife - Tony Walter

The Eclipse of Eternity

A Sociology of the Afterlife

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Published: 18th December 1995
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Many people still believe in life after death, but modern institutions operate as though this were the only world - eternity is now eclipsed from view in society and even in the church. This book carefully observes the eclipse - what caused it, how full is it, what are its consequences, will it last? How significant is recent interest in near-death experiences and reincarnation?

Introduction - The Afterlife: a Theological Survey - The Afterlife: Popular Beliefs Today - Secularisation and the Terror of Death - Idealist and Materialist Explanations - Medicine: the Secularisation of Hope - Funerals and Burials: the Secularisation of Ritual (1) - Cremation and Dissection: the Secularisation of Ritual (2) - Loss: the Secularisation of Meaning - Retrospect and Prospect - Pastoral Care - Heavens on Earth - Ethics without Eternity - The Reappearance of the Hereafter - The Eclipse of Eternity - Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333616147
ISBN-10: 0333616146
Series: Sociology of the Afterlife
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 222
Published: 18th December 1995
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 19