LIFE OF THE WORLD TO COME: NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE AND CHRISTIAN HOPE: THE AL BERT CARDINAL MEYER LECTURES

LIFE OF THE WORLD TO COME: NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE AND CHRISTIAN HOPE: THE AL BERT CARDINAL MEYER LECTURES

By: Zaleski, Carol

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A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Critics of religion have argued that Christianity's success stems from its promise of eternal life, that people become Christian at bottom merely to c ope with their fear of death. Contemporary theologians and philosophers, hi ghly sensitive to this charge, tend to skirt the issue of life after death. To speak of the afterlife is at best to engage in wishful thinking, at wor st to descend to the level of pop religion, encounters with angels, and UFO abductions. In The Life of the World to Come, however, Carol Zaleski asks the question, "Are we rationally and morally entitled to believe in life af ter death?" and answers with a spirited and emphatic "yes." Drawing on a rich and varied array of sources ranging from Plato to St. Augustine to Heidegger, from the samurai warrior code to New Yorker cartoons to conversations with her young son, Zaleski not only brilliantly defends the right of Christians to believe in a life after death, but she illuminates the real value of imagining what that life might be like. It is important to spiritual maturity, she says, for the believer to be able to imagine a state of complete fulfillment, of oneness with God. And a vision of the ideal society, the heavenly communion of saints, is essential to the ordering of both our own lives and the society in which we live. Zaleski organizes her defense into three parts corresponding to the three great hours of the Divine Office, the cycle of prayers that is the heart of monastic life: Lauds at dawn's first lig.

Title: LIFE OF THE WORLD TO COME: NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCE AND CHRISTIAN HOPE: THE AL BERT CARDINAL MEYER LECTURES

Author Name: Zaleski, Carol

Categories: Christianity,

Publisher: Oxford University Press: 1996

ISBN Number: 0195103351

ISBN Number 13: 9780195103359

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good/Very Good

Seller ID: RWARE0000045025