A2 Religious Studies- Life After Death Revision

A summary of the key points in the 'life after death' module of A2 Religious Studies on the Edexcel exam board. Most of the information is taken from the 'A2 Religious Studies' book by Tyler and Reid, and Libby Ahluwalia's 'Understanding Philosophy of Religion'  in combination with various other sources from the internet including Sparknotes, Wellington college and a few more I can't remember.

Hope they can be of some use, they seem to have clarified a few blank spots for me!

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Reincarnation, dualist theory of life after death which depends upon an eternal self that succeeds in
mortal and physical body. The word reincarnation means to take on flesh again.
Believe that the atman leaves the body at the point of death and attaches itself to another body. This
is known as metempsychosis or transmigration of the soul. So, everyone has a soul that has existence
for LONG before our body has.…read more

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BUDDISTS DO NOT BELIEVE IN REINCARNATION. The idea of an unchanging self (atman) is CENTRAL to
reincarnation- Buddhist's disagree with the concept of an unchanging self. Central to the Buddhist
way of thinking is that everything is constantly changing (Annica), due to this there is NO PERMANENT
SELF. Buddhism rejects the idea of a separate soul that is eternal and immutable (impossible to
change). In this way, it is utterly different to Christianity and also the other major Indian religion-
Hinduisms.…read more

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Resurrection is a concept that first began to appear around 200 years before the birth of Jesus. It is
based on the notion that at some future date (judgement day/eschaton). God, through a divine act of
love with restore the dead to an eternal life in bodily form. It is the recreation by god of the human
individual not as a physical being in which it had died, but as a spiritual being. The resurrected person
is not the same as the one who died.…read more

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God. He uses these three
examples to show that logically (not factually) this can happen, but that being resurrected is
quite different to merely being transported from say, London to New York. Hick argues that
this world has different characteristics so that its inhabitants should know they're dead.…read more

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