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`The concept of the resurrection of the body is incoherent'
The concept of the resurrection of the body can be argued to be incoherent using Locke's
analogy of cobbler and prince. This portrays the idea that the prince is resurrected into a
cobbler and it questions issue of person identity. He asks what makes us who we are?
He questions whether a dead person is really identical to another person in a different
body. It seems to be incoherent as he cannot really seem to be the same person as he
really was in his past life as he is now a completely different status in society. This
causes an issue with resurrection of the body because if we are resurrected in another
body we can surely not be the same person as before or at least cannot be recognised to
be the same person as before.
Moreover this concept can be argued to be incoherent as when we die human bodies
seem to rot, thus how could our bodies be resurrected? Also would that mean that people
who cremated are unable to be resurrected because there bodies are burnt? It raises
many questions to whether this is possible because of the perishing of bodies.
However, a philosopher called Inwagen proposed a way that that the resurrection of the
body could be logically coherent. He stated that the preservation of the body could help
this occur. If the body is preserved it will enable God to restore life into the body, thus the
concept of resurrection of the body is possibly coherent. He also argued that anything that
is destroyed in the physical world can be recreated by God as he was the original creator
of all things, thus he can recreate them when they are destroyed. Thus even if a body is
destroyed through decomposition, the resurrection of the body is still possible as he can
recreate bodies that he originally created.
Hick was another philosopher who suggested his own theory to explain how the concept
of resurrection of the body is actually coherent. He postulates a replica resurrection
theory, whereby exact replicas are resurrected in a different world, thus there is a
possibility that the resurrection of the body is coherent.
`The idea that there is a distinction between body and soul is an illusion'
It can be argued that the idea that there is a distinction between body and soul is an
illusion as we do we do not know whether we have a soul a soul or not. This would mean
that this distinction between the body and soul was an illusion created for comfort so that
people feel that when they die that this will not be the end because there soul will continue
living on , but in reality this would not happen.
Aristotle is a philosopher who would argue that this is all an illusion as he specifically
believes that the soul and body are inseparable. To explain this he uses the imagery of a
wax tablet with a stamp impressed on it showing that the soul and body are the same,
thus cannot be separated. This would mean that this distinction is an illusion, particularly
towards the after the life as it would misguide people into believing that the soul lives on
when the body dies when in fact they are inseparable so the soul cannot survive the
death of the body in any way.

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Moreover, there is no universal definition of the soul which will cause an issue with this
distinction between the body and soul, particularly with religions which have many
different views about the soul. For example, Buddhism argues that the soul is based on
illusion whereas Hinduism believes that the soul is more real than the body and
Christianity believes that the soul and body are different aspects of a single entity.…read more

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This is a place where there is only happiness,
no sorrow or sadness. However, if you are unable to get into heaven straight away you still
have a chance to enter as Roman Catholic Church states that there is a place called
Purgatory which makes you fit for heaven.
Hell is the complete opposite as it is a place of eternal punishment and torture. It is almost
classed as a dungeon that cannot be escaped.…read more

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