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After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory

John Casey


Christianity from its earliest times taught the existence of heaven and hell as places where good and evil deeds in this life were judged, rewarded and punished. In the course of time ideas both of promised bliss and threatened woe went beyond anything than can have a purchase on human experience. Nevertheless, in their most developed form, doctrines of heaven and hell were explorations of moral psychology, as seen in their greatest imaginative expression, Dante's Divine Comedy. The present book explores and comments on ideas about post-mortem existence from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Israel, ... More

Keywords: hell, James Joyce, heaven, Egypt, Greece, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Rapture, Armageddon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195092950
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195092950.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Casey, author
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
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