mod11-29ReligionDeathJudeoChristian

mod11-29ReligionDeathJudeoChristian - Module XI Session 29...

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Module XI Module XI Session 29 Session 29 Religion & Death in Judaism and Christianity Religion & Death in Judaism and Christianity Read Read Stewart: Stewart: 103 103 -108 108 & & Solomon Solomon ’s s Song of Songs Song of Songs ” & & Abraham Abraham Heschel Heschel , , “Sabbath Sabbath (blackboard) (blackboard) Review this material in session 32 Review this material in session 32
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Early and Popular Christianity & Plato Early and Popular Christianity & Plato Much of what Christians claim to have come from the Scriptures really is often popularized Platonism adapted to and baptized by Christianity. Immortal souls exist in “the other world” (Hades). The Platonic view of the “Fall” shows the human soul becoming contaminated by the body and matter. The body as well as the physical universe are like a Cave from which one must be taken to the divine light. St. Augustine’s view of natural evils as originating from the religious Fall incorporates, in part, Platonic and later notions of the despiritualized (contaminating) impact of all material-bodily reality. The bad rap that sexual pleasure gets in Christianity has deep origin in these Platonic views.
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Whose Immortality: Soul or Body? Whose Immortality: Soul or Body? • Curiously, most Christians view the core of their faith through popularly held Platonic views of the immortal soul, rather than in light of Easter proclamation of the resurrection. • But if the soul is always-already immortal, why hold out for the resurrection of the body? And if there are good arguments for the former, why do we need the biblical faith-claims about the latter?
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Some Biblical Sources Some Biblical Sources Ezekiel 37: 12 – “I will open your graves, and cause you to come up.” Song of Songs 8:6: “Love is as strong as death.”
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This note was uploaded on 09/16/2010 for the course PHIL 206 taught by Professor Draper during the Spring '08 term at Purdue.

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mod11-29ReligionDeathJudeoChristian - Module XI Session 29...

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