Tag Archives: Life after death

Karl Barth on salvation beyond death

My mother’s end-of-life process (I know, it’s a euphemism) goes on. She is 98 and in hospice care. She has long been ready to make the transition (another euphemism). She is definitely, as Bob Dylan sang, knockin’ on heaven’s door. … Continue reading

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Allison-God over wishful thinking

I have read Dale Allison’s Night Comes: Death, Imagination, and the Last Things. There are three aspects of his book that he mentions right at the end. The first is historical. At various places he has surveyed what Jews and … Continue reading

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Allison-how earthly is heaven?

In the next chapter of Night Comes, Dale Allison defends the idea of heaven, by which he means a conscious existence and blissful realm that the dead enter when they die. Over against this, many recent theologians—those who entertain belief … Continue reading

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Allison–the confusing highway into the afterlife

Recently, in an attempt at humor, I posted a picture on social media. It was of a place on Interstate 80 in Wyoming called the highway to heaven. The highway ahead seems to ascend into the clouds. In the picture … Continue reading

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Allison-the truth of the imagination

If there is a new and better life after this one, that changes our attitude toward the present. Many argue that such a belief undermines our concern about this world. Concerns about society and posterity that drive political involvement would … Continue reading

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Allison-the movie we watch at the time of death

The Near Death Experience (NDE) has been the subject of many popular books. Usually the books claim that these experiences give us knowledge about what awaits after death. There are counter claims that these experiences are totally subjective. In Night … Continue reading

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Allison-imagining immortality and resurrection

Dale Allison has a chapter of Night Comes that struggles with the doctrine of the resurrection of the body. He spends much space on the idea often expressed in historical theology that some material from my present body must get used … Continue reading

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Allison-hope on Mount Doom

One of the ways people put down any discussion of life after death today is to call it pie in the sky bye and bye. The “bye and bye” part of this depends on how long we live nowadays. Aside … Continue reading

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Heaven as a community of freinds

On Labor Day Sunday I’m often called on to preach so that the official pastor can take time off. So it is again. But this is probably the last time I will preach for a while. The congregations that usually … Continue reading

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Only Levites go to heaven

During last week’s internet outage here, I took the opportunity to read some pdf. articles I had downloaded from academia.edu.  I have found this a great source.  Articles are free.  But you have to sign up. Perhaps the most interesting … Continue reading

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