"Clearly and concisely describes the traditions' beliefs about afterlife. . . .Recommended."--Religious Studies Review
Is there life after death? If so, what is it like? How does the afterlife relate to our lives in this world? These questions are universal, in the human effort to discern whether transcendent meaning or absurdity rules the cosmos.
Life after Death in World Religions offers classic responses to this quest, from Eastern and Western traditions, presenting them with clarity and authority. Most importanly, representative from each tradition provide insights into the rituals and practices, as well as the spirituality and emotions that characterizes their view of life after death.
Contributors include Eliezar Segal (Judaism), Hanna Kassis (Islam), Anantanand Rambachan (Hinduism) Terence Penelhum (Christianity), Eva K. Neumaier-Dargyay (Buddhism, and Gary Arbuckle (Chinese religions).
“An engaging work which brings the wisdom of religious traditions to bear on a traumatic event The chapters give a comparative perspective to the reader seeking to understand responses to death.”—Mary MacDonald, LeMoyne College
“Readers should be particularly interested in the attention given to the textual resources and ritual celebrations which guide religious participants.”—John Grim, Bucknell University
Harold Coward is Professor Emeritus of History and Founding Director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria, Canada. He is author of The Perfectability of Human Nature in Eastern and Western Throught (SUNY Press).
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