Christian Beliefs About Life After Death


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Author by Paul Badham
Genre eBook Philosophy
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ISBN Number 9781349030132

Heaven And Hell


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A New York Times bestselling historian of early Christianity takes on two of the most gripping questions of human existence: where did the ideas of heaven and hell come from, and why do they endure? What happens when we die? A recent Pew Research poll showed that 72% of Americans believe in a literal heaven, 58% in a literal hell. Most people who hold these beliefs are Christian and assume they are the age-old teachings of the Bible. But eternal rewards and punishments are found nowhere in the Old Testament and are not what Jesus or his disciples taught. So where did the ideas come from? In clear and compelling terms, Bart Ehrman recounts the long history of the afterlife, ranging from The Epic of Gilgamesh up to the writings of Augustine, focusing especially on the teachings of Jesus and his early followers. He discusses ancient guided tours of heaven and hell, in which a living person observes the sublime blessings of heaven for those who are saved and the horrifying torments of hell for the damned. Some of these accounts take the form of near death experiences, the oldest on record, with intriguing similarities to those reported today. One of Ehrman’s startling conclusions is that there never was a single Greek, Jewish, or Christian understanding of the afterlife, but numerous competing views. Moreover, these views did not come from nowhere; they were intimately connected with the social, cultural, and historical worlds out of which they emerged. Only later, in the early Christian centuries, did they develop into the notions of eternal bliss or damnation widely accepted today. As a historian, Ehrman obviously cannot provide a definitive answer to the question of what happens after death. In Heaven and Hell, he does the next best thing: by helping us reflect on where our ideas of the afterlife come from, he assures us that even if there may be something to hope for when we die, there is certainly nothing to fear.

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Author by Bart D. Ehrman
Genre eBook Religion
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ISBN Number 9781501136757

Life After Life After Death


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How did the earliest followers of Jesus talk about how God raised him from the dead? How do the Gospels each handle the resurrection differently? What should modern Christians make of these stories? Do they have any relevance today? One of the premier New Testament scholars (and now bishop) addresses these questions and more for the interested reader.

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Author by N. T. Wright
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The Resurrection Of The Son Of God


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Why did Christianity begin, and why did it take the shape it did? To answer this question -- which any historian must face -- renowned New Testament scholar N. T. Wright focuses on the key points: what precisely happened at Easter? What did the early Christians mean when they said that Jesus of Nazareth had been raised from the dead? What can be said today about this belief? This book, third in Wright's series Christian Origins and the Question of God, sketches a map of ancient beliefs about life after death, in both the Greco-Roman and Jewish worlds. It then highlights the fact that the early Christians' belief about the afterlife belonged firmly on the Jewish spectrum, while introducing several new mutations and sharper definitions. This, together with other features of early Christianity, forces the historian to read the Easter narratives in the gospels, not simply as late rationalizations of early Christian spirituality, but as accounts of two actual events: the empty tomb of Jesus and his "appearances." How do we explain these phenomena? The early Christians' answer was that Jesus had indeed been bodily raised from the dead; that was why they hailed him as the messianic "son of God." No modern historian has come up with a more convincing explanation. Facing this question, we are confronted to this day with the most central issues of the Christian worldview and theology.

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Author by Nicholas Thomas Wright
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ISBN Number 0800636155

Life After Death


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Author by Farnáz Maʻsúmián
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ISBN Number 1890688274

The Complete Idiot S Guide To Life After Death


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A belief in the afterlife - what happens to the spirit, the essence of a person and personality after the body ceases to be - is common to almost every faith and culture the world over. Even people who don't ascribe to a religion or consider themselves spiritual share a fascination in life after death; they may just look at it in a different way. Some will wonder about the existence of heaven or hell; others believe they've seen "dead people," especially those who have been close to them in life; others look for answers to the question "What will happen to me when I die?" In The Complete Idiot's Guide to Life After Death, author and intuitive Diane Ahlquist shares her own knowledge of the subject, as well as the opinions of religious and spiritual leaders and others, like Edgar Cayce and the Dalai Lama, who have long spoken about the possibility and the experience of the afterlife.

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Author by Diane Ahlquist
Genre eBook Body, Mind & Spirit
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ISBN Number 1592576516

Christian Belief And Practice


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Christian belief and practice (GCSE Religious studies for AQA)

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Author by Gordon Geddes
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Life After Death


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Drawing on some of the most powerful theories and trends in physics, biology, philosophy, and psychology, D'Souza concludes that belief in life after deathoffers depth and significance to this life.

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Author by Dinesh D'Souza
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My Revision Notes Edexcel Gcse Religious Studies Religion And Life Through Christianity Unit 2 And Religion And Society


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Unlock your full potential with these revision guides which focus on the key content and skills you need to know. With My Revision Notes: Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies Religion and Life through Christianity (Unit 2) and Religion and Society (Unit 8) you can: - Take control of your revision: plan and focus on the areas you need to revise with content summaries and commentary from expert author Victor Watton - Show you fully understand key topics by using specific examples to add depth to your understanding of the key issues - Apply Religous Studies' terms accurately with the help of definitions and key words on all topics - Improve your skills to tackle specific exam questions - such as evaluation questions - with self-testing and exam-style questions and answers.

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Author by Victor W. Watton
Genre eBook Religion
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Surveying Christian Beliefs And Religious Debates In Post War Britain


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Clements provides a detailed study of religious beliefs in British society, using a broad range of opinion poll and social survey data. Examining public opinion on religious-secular issues, this book provides a rich analysis of the belief and attitudes of social groups over time.

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Author by B. Clements
Genre eBook Social Science
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ISBN Number 9781137506573