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).