Death and the afterlife

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1. Why do protestants reject the idea of purgatory

  • • Protestants tend to reject the doctrine because it contradicts biblical teaching and suggests that JC’s sacrifice on the cross was not the final act of salvation.
  • Protestants tend to reject the doctrine because their is no biblical evidence
  • Protestants tend to reject the doctrine because it is illogical
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2. Which biblical passage potentially suggests the existance of purgatory?

  • Matthew 7:21-23
  • Romans 12
  • Corinthians 3:11-15
  • Ephesians 5

3. Eschatology

  • study of man and the soul
  • theology concerned with death, judgement and the final destiny of the soul and humankind
  • Another word for heaven within the bible

4. What is the Tent analogy used to descibe our experince in the afterlife?

  • Gods kingdom, like a tent, can be anywhere we wish it to be depending on individual experience
  • as a tent can be replaced by a more solid structure, in the afterlife our temporal physical body is replaced by a more substantial eternal shelter
  • Our permanent body is replaced with a tempoary structure, like a tent, in heaven

5. What does Bernard Williams critise about heaven and hell?

  • questions whether eternity in heaven would be desirable. If we had perfect bodies, no physical limitations, and whatever we wanted to do, would it get boring?
  • There is no empirical evidence for heaven and therefore no logical reason to beleive in it
  • The afterlife acts purely as a comfort blanket to indicudals who dislike their life/ hope for something better than their current situation. It is purely wish fufuilment


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