Immortality or Extinction?

  • Paul Badham
  • Linda Badham
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I have tried to show that whether or not there can be any personal survival of bodily death is a substantive issue which cannot be decided merely by examining the meanings of words as used in everyday situations. Further, I have argued that the central Christian message of a future hope is precisely that and not some this-world only doctrine dressed up in the imagery of the language of resurrection, immortality and eternal life. But it is one thing to show that talk of life after death which refers to some possible future beyond the grave is not meaningless, and quite another to establish that it represents any plausible outcome.


Religious Experience Scientific Revolution Future Life Eternal Life John Hick 
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© Paul and Linda Badham 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Badham
    • 1
  • Linda Badham
    • 1
  1. 1.St David’s University CollegeLampeter,WalesUK

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