- List of Contributors
- The Self and the Good Life
- Nationalism and Patriotism
- The Making of the Modern Metropolis
- The Other
- Freedom and Human Emancipation
- Work and Labour
- Suffering In Theology and Modern European Thought
- Nihilism and Theology: Who Stands at the Door?
- War and Peace
- Radical Philosophy and Political Theology
- Beauty and Sublimity
- Time and History
- The Metaphysics of Modernity
- The Bible
- Divine Providence
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter explores the changing views about death and immortality. In particular, it examines how notions about the immortality of the soul and Christian teaching on resurrection have been displaced by modern theological and philosophical thought which, in turn, also weakens the complex bonds linking philosophical and Christian views of death. The chapter considers the emergence of new paradigms that rejected ideas of the immortality of the soul and focused on the fusion of the individual with cosmic life. It also discusses treatments of death by Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, and modern philosophy's most influential contributions to the subject of death, namely Heidegger's .
George Pattison is Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford and a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral. His recent books include God and Being: An Enquiry (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Kierkegaard and the Quest for Unambiguous Life (Oxford University Press, 2012). He is also co-editor with Nicholas Adams and Graham Ward of The Oxford Handbook of Theology and Modern European Thought.
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