By John Casey
In After Lives, British pupil John Casey presents a wealthy old and philosophical exploration of the area past, from the traditional Egyptians to St. Thomas Aquinas, from Martin Luther to fashionable Mormons. In a full of life, wide-ranging dialogue, he examines such subject matters as predestination, purgatory, Spiritualism, the Rapture, Armageddon and present Muslim apocalyptics, in addition to the effect of such impacts because the New testomony, St. Augustine, Dante, and the second one Vatican Council. rules of heaven and hell, Casey argues, light up how we comprehend the final word nature of sin, justice, punishment, and our conscience itself. The recommendations of everlasting bliss and everlasting punishment express--and test--our principles of fine and evil. for instance, the traditional Egyptians observed the afterlife as flowing from ma'at, a feeling of being in concord with lifestyles, an idea that incorporates fact, order, justice, and the basic 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 glossy secular interpretations of heaven and hell, as he probes where of goodness, advantage, and happiness within the age of psychology and clinical investigation.
With based prose, a magisterial clutch of an enormous literary and non secular historical past, and moments of humor and irony, After Lives sheds new mild at the query of existence, loss of life, and morality in human culture.
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After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory by John Casey