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Keith Ward

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269618

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269618.001.0001

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The World to Come

The World to Come

(p.229) 11 The World to Come
Religion and Human Nature

Keith Ward

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the Christian doctrine of resurrection. It suggests that resurrection may be considered as the realm of the healing and integration of the soul, its recovery from fragmentation by centering it in God. This account of the soul as a continuing substance appears to be consistent with Cartesian dualism. However, there are two qualifications that need to be made on Rene Descartes' account. These are the assertions of a continuing conscious subject and that the soul should not be regarded as a separately existing entity apart from its physical and social environment.

Keywords:   resurrection, soul, God, Cartesian dualism, Rene Descartes, healing, theology

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