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How Different Religions View Death & Afterlife Paperback – May 1, 1998
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As it turns out, however, that 11 out of the 19 'different' religions represented in this book are Christian - and 8 of those are protestant. This book, then, in my view is just not useful for a comparative study in religion on the subject of the afterlife. For instance, there are chapters devoted to Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Seventh-Day Adventist, and Methodist denominations.
Different religions? You can't be serious. These are all too similar in their afterlife views and worldview in general to merit their own individual chapters. Meanwhile Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, each receive only one chapter's worth of attention. And this book is simply silent on the religions of China, Japan, Africa, Native America, etc. It doesn't even have a chapter devoted to the Eastern Orthodox Church, and one would think, with its emphasis on Christianity, that it would.
In conclusion, get this book only if you are primarily interested in Christian views of the afterlife, and protestant ones at that. Otherwise, there are much better books out there.
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I bought this for my own reference, because I volunteer to sit vigils with folks who are actively dying and don't want to be alone. Read morePublished on February 17, 2014 by J. Smith
This is an interesting book to start reviewing on a basic level how different religions view death. Then you could decide which to pursue further with other sources. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by Christina
I teach a class on death and dying; this book was fantastic at helping the students understand different perspectives. Read morePublished on December 15, 2009 by C. L. Whitaker