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Death be not Proud

The Problem of the Afterlife

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Mark Corner

Might people one day live for ever? Would they want to? What sense can be made of ideas commonly referred to in terms of an ‘afterlife’? What about notions of Heaven and Hell, of Purgatory and reincarnation? And in what sort of state are human beings expected to be during this ‘afterlife’ – immortal souls or resurrected bodies (and does either notion make sense)? What about the fact that any ‘afterlife’ concerns not just the fate of individuals but of society (‘communion of saints’) and even the physical universe itself?
This book tries to survey some of the existing arguments about life ‘after’ death, with chapters on material from Christian tradition (particularly the New Testament and the Early Church) and from the philosophy of religion. It then attempts to reach its own conclusions, drawing on Kant and Barth in order to suggest that death is to be overcome rather than survived.

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Index accidie 30 Adams, Douglas 24 Adam, Karl 9, 251 ‘afterlife’ ix, 64–5, 120, 179–80, 194–5, 200–3, 257–9 ageing 4–8, 19–21 Alcuin 168 alienation 104 angels 60–2, 64, 121 Anselm 251 apokatastasis 152 Apostles’ Creed 133, 158 Aquinas, Thomas 59–61, 64, 168, 171–2, 175, 256 Arendt, Hannah 83 Aries, Philippe 36–9 artificial Intelligence 11–12 ascension 125, 127 astral body 186, 188–9, 200–3 Athenagoras 160 Augustine 53, 73, 167, 175 Aulén, Gustav 134 Badham, Paul 223–4 Balthasar, Hans Urs von 72–3, 266 Barth, Karl 58–9, 64, 103–5, 120, 122–3, 176, 248–57, 265–7, 269–70 and the ‘afterlife’ 255–7 and eschatology 90–5 and Kant 245–6, 248, 253–4, 265 Basil of Caesarea 73 Bauby, Jean-Dominique 184 Beloff, John 199 Benecke, Mark 25 Benedikt, Michael 13 Blake, William 95 Bloch, Ernst 93 Blue, Lionel 179 Bockelson, Jan ( John of Leiden) 97 body, denigration of 12–14 as a social concept 137–8, 151–2 and personal identity 208–19, 233–6 Boethius 255 Bouillard, H. 266 Bowker, John 4, 43–4, 205 Broad, C.D. 187, 202, 227 Browning, Robert 51–2 Bunyan, John 53 Butler, Bishop Joseph 83–4, 226 Bynum, Caroline Walker 160–1 Calvin, Jean 172–3 Čapek, Karel 21 Chappell, Tim 31 Chesterton, G.K. 96 Cicero 50–1 City of the Dead, Cairo 38–9 cloning 164–5 Cohn, Norman 96 Cooper, John 223 creationism...

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