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Religion and Human Nature$
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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 Embodied Soul

The Embodied Soul

(p.134) 7 The Embodied Soul
Religion and Human Nature

Keith Ward

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the views of Judaism and Islam on the concept of human nature. These belief systems reject the Christian doctrines of atonement and original sin, but agree in seeing human beings as created from material dust in order to bring the material universe to a perfect expression of God's glory. Judaism tends to stress a hope for the existence of a perfected society, but it holds very little interest in the existence of a soul after death. Islam, on the other, is committed to belief in a Last Judgement and the resurrection of the dead.

Keywords:   Judaism, Islam, human nature, atonement, original sin, perfected society, soul, Last Judgement, resurrection

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