Why Resurrection?: An Introduction to the Belief in the Afterlife in Judaism and Christianity

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Few questions exert such a great fascination on human conscience as those related to the meaning of life, history, and death. The belief in the resurrection of the dead constitutes an answer to a real challenge: What is the meaning of life and history in the midst of a world in which evil, injustice, and ultimately death exist? Resurrection is an instrument serving a broader, more encompassing reality: the Kingdom of God. Such a utopian Kingdom gathers the final response to the problem of theodicy and to the enigma of history. This book seeks to understand the idea of resurrection not only as a theological but also as a philosophical category (as expression of the collective aspirations of humanity), combining historical, theological, and philosophical analyses in dialogue with some of the principal streams of contemporary Western thought.

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"Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1 Theodicy: Philosophy of Religion and the Problem of Evil
2 History and Meaning
3 The Apocalyptic Conception of History, Evil, and Eschatology
4 Death
5 The Kingdom of God
Bibliography
Index of Names"

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Carlos Blanco is the author of 'El Pensamiento de la Apocalíptica Judía', 'Why Resurrection?' (Pickwick Publications), and 'Mentes Maravillosas que Cambiaron la Humanidad'. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University, and he is currently a researcher and professor at Instituto de Cultura y Sociedad (Spain).

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‘The book is dotted with interesting digressions; continuous references to the subject of the resurrection in Judaism (Pp. 143 to 175) and Christianity, as well as interesting reflections on the concept of resurrection in atheism and agnosticism... [and] other issues such as suffering, pain and limitations, as well as that of omnipotence. [...] I hope this work of extraordinarily evocative and interesting solid intellectual maturity and exposure is not the end of his research career, but a footnote on page promising production expected of Carlos Blanco.’ (by Rafael Ramis Barceló Anuario filosófico, 45/3, 2012)

‘Blanco discusses interpretations of history offered by Heidegger, Bloch, Hegel, and Pannenberg. [...] ... examines the apocalyptic conception of history, evil, and eschatology [...] examines how death is viewed within different worldviews [...] In the final chapter, Blanco attempts to answer what post-resurrection existence is like by discussing the kingdom of God.’ (Michael R. Licona The Expository Times, volume 124, number 4, January 2013)

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