Religion and Human Nature

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Continuing Keith Ward's series on comparative theology, this book deals with religious views of human nature and destiny. The beliefs of a number of major traditions are presented, ranging from the 'one self' belief of Advaita Vedanta to the 'many self' view of Vaishnavism, the 'no self' position of Buddhism and the 'embodied self' views of the semitic religious traditions. Finally, a Christian view of personal immortality and the 'end of all things' is developed in conversation with Jewish and Muslim beliefs about judgement and resurrection.
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"[Keith Ward is] one of Britain's most prodigious and profound theological and philosophical Christian minds writing today."--Churchman "For sheer creativity and ingenuity, Ward is one of the greatest systematicians working in Britain today."--Reviews in Religion and Theology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198269656
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Non-Dualism (Advaita Vedanta) 10
3 The Search for the Self (Vaishnava Hinduism) 36
4 The Doctrine of Rebirth 51
5 Buddhism and the Self 76
6 Evolutionary Naturalism 113
7 The Embodied Soul 134
8 Original Sin 159
9 The Doctrine of Atonement 186
10 Salvation by Grace 204
11 The World to Come 229
12 Human Destiny in Judaism and Islam 255
13 Human Destiny in Christianity 271
14 The Ultimate End of All Things 296
15 Conclusion 324
Author Index 329
Subject Index 331
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