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Death and Afterlife: A Theological Introduction Paperback – March 1, 2010
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"In a world where even some Christians are embarrassed by talk of life after death, Nichols makes a compelling case that the afterlife is integral to understanding how life really is. This book provides the enormously valuable service of digesting a wide variety of scholarship--from theology to neuroscience--and presenting all sides fairly and accurately. The reader encounters not only biblical views of death and afterlife but also startling debates about near death experiences. Nichols provides sound arguments for why traditional Christian views of the afterlife are viable today and gives us ways not only of dying well but also of living well."--William T. Cavanaugh, University of St. Thomas
"Modern theologians tend to avoid the topics in this book. Nichols, however, takes them on with courage and clarity. As a systematic theologian, he rises to the challenge of facing deep human questions and tough contemporary doubts that nag around the edges of our systems of thought, trendy or not. But he does this above all because he is a deeply committed teacher who knows from years of conversation with students that the question of life after death has hardly gone away, if it ever could."--Gerald W. Schlabach, University of St. Thomas
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Author offers the reader much to ponder and think about.
Of those volumes theologically committed but not oppressively dogmatic, - that is, taking a traditional view but willing to consider modern objections, - this one strikes me as foremost among the Catholic oriented treatments, and good companion to Hans Schwarz's Protestant perspective "Eschatology" & Seraphim Rose's Eastern Orthodox "The Soul at Death".
Still, ideas about death will never truly bridge the divide between our mortal state and the ultimate Mystery, and become largely powerless and irrelevant when in the crucible of a confrontation with its immediate facticity and the conscious surrender (or capitulation) that calls for. But as a child's play before the fact and that demand, ruminating over the conceptual possibilities and alternatives serves a certain inevitable curiosity that can be imaginatively stimulating to indulge.
Nichols (and the others) are useful guides in this domain, before the serious encounter that will surely come later.
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While this book may challenge some by its systematic approach on the topic, it is a very good resource to answer questions posed by many who doubt God and the hope of eternal life.Published on August 29, 2013 by sidestep99
The first 6 chapters were tough. I really didn't think I was going to finish the book. My friend said keep at it, it gets better and she was right. I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by Lynn