The Early Church and the Afterlife Hardback

Post-Death Existence in Athenagoras, Tertullian, Origen and the Letter to Rheginos

by David Rankin;

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The Early Church and the Afterlife

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The resurrection of the dead was, as Tertullian says, 'the chief article of the whole Christian faith' (De resurrectione 39.3) and one of those beliefs which most distinguished Christian thought from much other contemporary thinking. This book looks at the way in which post-death existence is represented in the early Church Fathers - particularly in Athenagoras, Tertullian, and Origen - and how these representations compare with its treatment both in Scripture and in contemporary, modern theological reflection. Examining these Fathers' attitudes to life after death, and putting them into conversation with more modern interpretations, the book asks four main questions. Firstly, whether resurrection happens immediately after death. Secondly, if there is continuity or discontinuity of space and time between death and a resurrection life. Thirdly, it explores whether post-death existence was thought to be embodied or not, and if so how might it be embodied. Finally, it addresses the issue of continuity, or discontinuity, of personal identity after death. This book sheds light on the formation of a key doctrine of Christian faith.
As such, it will be of significant interest to scholars and academics working in the History of Religion, Theology and Patristics.

The Early Church and the Afterlife by David Rankin was published by Taylor & Francis Ltd in October 2017. The ISBN for The Early Church and the Afterlife is 9781138091252.

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Details for The Early Church and the Afterlife

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd (October 2017)
Number of Pages176
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4528427
Page last updated 16th August 2018
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