How Different Religions View Death and Afterlife, Second Edition

Edited by Christopher Jay Johnson, PhD and Marsha G. McGee, PhD

 

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This book presents an objective, thoughtful and practical explanation of the subjects of death and afterlife. Offering a clear, concise and comparative overview of the teachings and the death beliefs of 19 different religions, this popular book will be of enormous value to all readers who would like to obtain a better understanding of the various ways in which different faiths understand death and what happens afterward.

Unlike many books on the subject of religious beliefs, the discourse here is refreshingly objective and entirely non-proselytizing. Each chapter is written by a different expert or scholar who is internationally recognized as an authority on a particular faith.

This book will be welcomed by theologians, healthcare professionals, clergy and chaplains of all religious traditions, teachers and students of comparative religion and death and dying, social workers, doctors and nurses, grief and pastoral counselors and funeral directors.

 

CONTENTS

Preface

Assemblies of God
Stanley M. Horton, ThD

Baha'i
John S. Hatcher, PhD

Baptist
William L. Hendricks, PhD, ThD

Buddhism
Anne C. Klein, PhD

Christian Science
Elaine R. Follis, PhD

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Richard M. Eyre

Churches of Christ
Thomas H. Olbricht, PhD

Hinduism
Anne Mackenzie Pearson, PhD

Islam
Jane Idleman Smith, PhD

Judaism
Rabbi Alan L. Ponn

 

Lutheran
Daniel E. Lee, PhD

Presbyterianism
Ben Lacy Rose, ThD, DD

Quaker
Arthur O. Roberts

Roman Catholicism
Rev. Francis X. Cleary, SJ

Seventh-day Adventists
Robert M. Johnston, PhD

Unitarian Universalism
George N. Marshall, PhD, DD, .

United Methodist Church
James Ivey Warren, Jr., PhD

Unity
Rev. James Gaither, MA

Zoroastriansim
Jamsheed K. Choksy, PhD

Questions and Answers

Epilogue

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT DEATH AND AFTERLIFE

The appendix includes a valuable question-and-answer section that gives each faith's answers to important questions about death and what happens afterward. The questions are:

 

♦ Who will be saved?

 

♦ Is there a heaven, and if so, what is it like? READ THE ANSWERS »

 

♦ Who goes to hell?

 

♦ What happens at the end of time and/or at judgment day?

 

♦ Does your faith believe in resurrection, and if so, will the body or the spirit rise?

 

♦ What happens after death to people who are not of your faith?

 

♦ Is there a purgatory or limbo after death?

 

♦  Will we recognize friends and relatives after death?

 

♦ Is cremation allowed by your faith?

 

♦ What does your faith believe happens to people who commit suicide?

 

♦ Does your faith believe in the concept of reincarnation?

 

Softcover. 310 pages. ISBN-10: 0-914783-85-5. ISBN-13: 978-914783-85-5. List Price: $32.95