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PurgatoryThe Logic of Total Transformation$
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Jerry L. Walls

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732296.001.0001

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Personal Identity, Time, and Purgatory

Personal Identity, Time, and Purgatory

(p.92) (p.93) 4 Personal Identity, Time, and Purgatory

Jerry L. Walls

Oxford University Press

The doctrine of purgatory raises distinctive issues of personal identity since it assumes conscious survival between death and resurrection. This survival must be sufficient to make sense of the subject undergoing punishment, discipline, and/or moral and spiritual growth, depending on how one conceives of purgatory. This chapter examines materialist, Thomist, and substance dualist accounts of personal identity in light of the doctrine of purgatory. It also explores arguments that significant moral change, including change between death and resurrection, requires time if the personal identity of the one undergoing that change is to maintain identity.

Keywords:   Physicalism, immediate resurrection, future resurrection, intermediate state, Thomism, soul as form of body, substance dualism, soul

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