Resurrection, heaven, and hell
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Philosophical reflection concerning the afterlife has focused on the place of such doctrines in the great monotheistic religions of the Abrahamic tradition--Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The philosophical issues that arise concerning these doctrines is not limited to such traditions, however. Consider, for example, the doctrine of hell. Any religion promises certain benefits to its adherents, and these benefits require some contrast that befalls, or might befall, those who fail to adhere to the religion in question. This contrast to the benefits the religion proffers will raise many, if not all, the same philosophical concerns as are raised by the vivid imagery that has come to be associated with the doctrine of hell in western culture. Here the focus will be on the philosophical issues arising out of such doctrines in the great monotheistic traditions, and especially within Christianity. The first point to recognize, however, is that such narrowing still preserves in microcosm the general philosophical contours any religion will encounter when it advocates certain patterns of life and rejects others.
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