Life After Death in World Religions


Experts from six traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Chinese religions discuss rituals, practices, and emotions as they relate to death and the hope of life that follows death.
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Experts from six traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Chinese religions discuss rituals, practices, and emotions as they relate to death and the hope of life that follows death.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570751196
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Series: Faith Meets Faith Series
  • Pages: 131
  • Sales rank: 818,222
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Western Religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam 2
The Eastern Religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, and the Chinese Traditions 4
1 Judaism 11
The First Commonwealth (until ca. 539 B.C.E.) 13
Babylonian Exile and Second Commonwealth (539 B.C.E. to 70 C.E.) 16
Talmudic Perspectives (70 to ca. 700 C.E.) 20
Medieval Judaism (ca. 700 to ca. 1750 C.E.) 23
Modern Judaism (from ca. 1750) 26
2 Christianity 31
Christian Origins 31
The Core Christian Claims about the Afterlife 37
Philosophical Difficulties in the Christian View 44
3 Islam 48
"Only He Remains" 48
"Here I AM Lord": Preparation and Burial of the Dead 52
"Tasting the Nearer Chastisement": Judgment in the Tomb 54
"When Shall Be the Day of Resurrections?" 55
"Unto the Path of Hell" 60
"Enter Thou My Paradise" 61
4 Hinduism 66
Central Features of Hinduism 68
Hindu Views of the Person 71
Hindu Views of Death and Afterlife 74
5 Buddhism 87
Many Lives - Many Deaths: The Basic Assumptions 87
Dying and Being Reborn in the View of the Traditions 91
The Tibetan Lore of Dying and Rebirth 93
The Bar do thos grol 95
The "Liberation from the Intermediary State" and Reports of Near-Death Experiences 102
6 Chinese Religions 105
Notes from the Nether World 105
Cosmological Contexts and the Theory of the Soul 106
Going to One's Reward 109
Prison Breaks: Philosophy, Alchemy, Escape, Endurance 113
The Afterlife in "After-Times" 117
About the Authors 125
Index 129
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