How Different Religions View Death & Afterlife

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Christopher Jay Johnson, Marsha G. McGee
Charles Press, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 310 pages
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This book presents an objective, thoughtful and practical explanation of the often-complicated 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. Furthermore, 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, grief and pastoral counselors and funeral directors.

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I have read through this volume twice and feel it is one of the best overviews of what is particularly the most interesting aspect of our various religions. Not all belief systems offer an answer to such questions as heaven or hell, what they might be like, purgatory or reincarnation. The nuances that are expressed by individuals who either practice or have studied the religious beliefs all answer the same questions put before them and do their best to express what interpretations or specific beliefs are taught or provided to their followers.
Very provocative, in the sense that it makes you think and consider a wide range of choices as to what may or may not be your future fate in the afterlife.

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