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eBook After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory epub
  • ISBN: 0195092953
  • Author: John Casey
  • Genre: Other
  • Subcategory: Humanities
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 4, 2009)
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • ePUB size: 1417 kb
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John Casey's After Lives, steeped in classics, philosophy, literature, and religion, discusses a vast variety of ideas about what happens after death. It ranges over heaven, hell, and what may lie between, covering ideas from ancient Egypt to twentieth-century spiritualism.

John Casey's After Lives, steeped in classics, philosophy, literature, and religion, discusses a vast variety of ideas about what happens after death. - Jeffrey Burton Russell, author of A History of Heaven and Paradise Mislaid.

One of the most profound, deeply affecting questions we face as human beings is the matter of our mortality-and its connection to immortality. 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.

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So I was half expecting After Lives, at the very least, to lambast the social ills caused by the loss of fear of damnation since mainstream Christianity abandoned talk of the Devil and the fires of hell in the Sixties. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view.

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Home Browse Books Book details, After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and. After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory. 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. 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.

Not an essential book,but an interesting and informative read for those interested in religious topics. TheAmpersand, September 4, 2016. Author John Casey traces concepts of the afterlife from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia through early and medieval Catholicism to modern Protestant and then spiritualist beliefs. The topic should be fascinating, and parts are; but the analysis veers between the anthropological (looking at whole cultures) and the narrowly critical in a literary sense (looking at specific thinkers or writers, such as Dante).

One of the most profound, deeply affecting questions we face as human beings is the matter of our mortality--and its connection to immortality. 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. For example, the ancient Egyptians saw the afterlife as flowing from ma'at, a sense of being in harmony with life, a concept that includes truth, order, justice, and the fundamental law of the universe. "It is an optimistic view of life," he writes. "It is an ethic that connects wisdom with moral goodness." Perhaps just as revealing, Casey finds, are modern secular interpretations of heaven and hell, as he probes the place of goodness, virtue, and happiness in the age of psychology and scientific investigation.With elegant prose, a magisterial grasp of a vast literary and religious history, and moments of humor and irony, After Lives sheds new light on the question of life, death, and morality in human culture.
Comments: (3)
ZEr0
A scholarly look at Western cultural and religious beliefs of the afterlife. Very heavy reading, but so well written and eminently readable! From the ancient Egyptians to the present day, Casey states at the outset that he does not intend to attempt to formulate one comprehensive view, but instead, to make some sense of the multitude of beliefs, and how they developed. He begins with Ancient Egypt, moves on to Ancient Judaism, Ancient Greece and Rome, then moves through Christianity, the Reformation and up to the present, with amazing and thought-provoking detail and analysis. He discusses Dante's Divine Comedy at length, and uses it as a yardstick for comparison of other Catholic as well as Protestant views of heaven and hell.

This is a very fine blending of theological views, interposed with philosophy as well as history and culture. Truly fascinating, well-researched and a great pleasure to read. A true scholarly work, there are many pages of footnotes.
Itiannta
Great review of various views of the after life.
Kirizan
Excellent
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