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Death and Afterlife, 1st Edition by Stephen T. Davis (auth.)

By Stephen T. Davis (auth.)

This ebook started as a chain of papers at a convention referred to as "Death and Afterlife" held in Claremont, California in January, 1987 less than the auspices of the dept of faith of the Claremont Graduate institution. The responses to every paper and a number of other reviews also are included.

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I now embark on my second task, and that is to explain why it seems to me that some concept of the soul seems a necessary condition for both claims. This is not a pleasant conclusion for any committed Christian to have come to, and I would very much welcome a refutation of my argument inasmuch as it is clear that the difficulties of expounding or defending a credible concept of the soul today are truly formidable. As one who wishes to believe both in God, and in a future life, I have no wish to set a stumbling block in the way of either belief.

Analytical Philosophy of Religion in Canada (Ottawa, Ontario: University of Ottawa Press, 1982) pp. 35-53. 12. Penelhum, 'Survival and Identity', p. 47. 13. , p. 53. 14. Martin Hollis, Invitation to Philosophy (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1985) pp. 119-120. 15. John Hick, Death and Eternal Life (London: Collins, 1976) p. 193. See . also Terence Penelhum's critical notice, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, IX (March 1979) pp. 141-62. 16. Hick, op. , p. 198. 17. Hywel Lewis, 'Immortality and Dualism', in Reason and Religion, p.

This, though plainly there before our eyes, is what is so hard to accept. We do not have something here which is just, or perhaps even at all, a philosopher's puzzle or a neurotic's worry. The matter of blighted lives is a very real one indeed. Five hundred million children and adults suffer from malnutrition and 800 million live, or try to live, in extreme poverty. This remains true while globally one trillion dollars is given to military spending, a spending which is astronomically beyond the needs of anything, for the various great powers principally involved, that could even remotely count as defence.

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