Beyond Death

Theological and Philosophical Reflections of Life after Death

  • Dan Cohn-Sherbok
  • Christopher Lewis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introductory Reflections: Life beyond Life

  3. The Afterlife in the World’s Religions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Peter Vardy
      Pages 13-26
    3. David Brown
      Pages 42-53
    4. Dan Cohn-Sherbok
      Pages 54-65
    5. Muhammad Abdel Haleem
      Pages 66-79
    6. Victor de Waal
      Pages 95-103
  4. New Perspectives

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 207-219

About this book


'In a book of such varied contents, it is certain that eveyone will find something which will challenge and inform - and indeed, on occasion, inspire.' - John Bowker, Church Times Throughout history human beings have been preoccupied with personal survival after death. As a consequence, most world religions proclaim that life continues beyond the grave, and they have depicted the Hereafter in a variety of forms. These various conceptions constitute answers to the most perplexing spiritual questions: Will we remember our former lives in the Hereafter? Will we have bodies? Can bodiless souls recognize each other? Will we continue to have personal identity? Will we be punished or rewarded, or absorbed into the Godhead? These issues serve as the basis of this collection of essays which provide a framework for understanding traditional conceptions of the Hereafter as well as new perspectives.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Dan Cohn-Sherbok
    • 1
  • Christopher Lewis
    • 2
  1. 1.University of KentCanterburyEngland
  2. 2.England

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