By John Casey
In After Lives, British student John Casey presents a wealthy historic and philosophical exploration of the realm past, from the traditional Egyptians to St. Thomas Aquinas, from Martin Luther to trendy Mormons. In a full of life, wide-ranging dialogue, he examines such issues as predestination, purgatory, Spiritualism, the Rapture, Armageddon and present Muslim apocalyptics, in addition to the impression of such impacts because the New testomony, St. Augustine, Dante, and the second one Vatican Council. principles of heaven and hell, Casey argues, remove darkness from how we comprehend the final word nature of sin, justice, punishment, and our judgment of right and wrong itself. The techniques of everlasting bliss and everlasting punishment express--and test--our rules of fine and evil. for instance, the traditional Egyptians observed the afterlife as flowing from ma'at, a feeling of being in concord with existence, an idea that incorporates fact, order, justice, and the elemental legislation of the universe. "It is an positive view of life," he writes. "It is an ethic that connects knowledge with ethical goodness." possibly simply as revealing, Casey unearths, are sleek secular interpretations of heaven and hell, as he probes where of goodness, advantage, and happiness within the age of psychology and medical investigation.
With based prose, a magisterial seize of an enormous literary and non secular historical past, and moments of humor and irony, After Lives sheds new gentle at the query of lifestyles, loss of life, and morality in human culture.
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