Keith Ward Religion and Human Nature

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Religion and Human Nature

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What do the great world religions say about the soul and its ultimate destiny? This book, the third in Keith Ward's magisterial tetralogy on comparative religion, presents the beliefs of six major traditions about human nature, the way to immortality, and the end of the world. It offers a major philosophical analysis of beliefs in reincarnation and the resurrection of the body. Finally it constructs a Christian interpretation, in the light of scientific knowledge and a global religious worldview.

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Keith Ward is at University of Oxford.

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"[Keith Ward is] one of Britain's most prodigious and profound theological and philosophical Christian minds writing today."--Churchman "For sheer creativity and ingenuity, Ward is one of the greatest systematicians working in Britain today."--Reviews in Religion and Theology


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Book Description Oxford University Press, United Kingdom, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Continuing Keith Ward s series on comparative religion, this book deals with religious views of human nature and destiny. The beliefs of six major traditions are presented: the view of Advaita Vedanta that there is one Supreme Self, unfolding into the illusion of individual existence; the Vaishnava belief that there is an infinite number of souls, whose destiny is to be released from material embodiment; the Buddhist view that there is no eternal Self; the Abrahamic belief that persons are essentially embodied souls; and the materialistic position that persons are complex material organisms. Indian ideas of rebirth, karma, and liberation from samsara are critically analysed and compared with semitic belief in the intermediate state of Sheol, Purgatory or Paradise, the Final Judgement and the resurrection of the body. The impact of scientific theories of cosmic and biological evolution on religious beliefs is assessed, and a form of soft emergent materialism is defended, with regard to the soul. In this context, a Christian doctrine of original sin and atonement is presented, stressing the idea of soterial, as opposed to forensic, justice. Finally, a Christian view of personal immortality and the end of all things is developed in conversation with Jewish and Muslim beliefs about judgement and resurrection. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780198269656

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