- The topic of resurrection is a Chapter1 in my proposed Thesis2. It is also touched on in the following Notes, and their off-shoots:-
- Since these topics have been discussed before, the links may be worth chasing up, though I think none of them are much developed.
- As for Van Inwagen’s Paper:-
- The paper picks up on some points left hanging from an earlier paper – "Van Inwagen (Peter) - The Possibility of Resurrection".
- The paper starts with some sociological and historical accounts and Biblical exegesis of beliefs in life after death6.
- Van Inwagen contrasts the Christian doctrine of resurrection with the Platonic concept of the natural immortality of the soul.
- In Platonism, one is a soul and has a body – indeed, one may have in sequence many bodies if one is incarnated multiple times.
- To be continued …
- For the full text, follow this link (Local website only): PDF File7.
- Obtained in Nov. 2016. See van Inwagen - I Look for the Resurrection of the Dead and the Life of the World to Come.
- This is a draft for a paper of the same title that appears in The Blackwell Companion to Substance Dualism (pp.488-500), May 2018. For the book illegally on-line, see Blackwell Companion to Substance Dualism.
- Abstract therein: The concept of the resurrection of the body (or of the dead) is most easily explained by laying out the ways in which it differs from the most important competing picture of the survival of death, the Platonic picture. It can be plausibly argued that the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead presupposes some form of dualism. The resurrection life, as the post-resurrection stories of Jesus show, is a physical life, the life of an organism. A belief in a general resurrection of the dead is one of many Judeo-Christian elements that have been incorporated into Islam. Some who accept the doctrine of resurrection deny the existence of a separable, immaterial soul. Those human beings who refuse salvation will, after the general resurrection, be thrust into a condition that the New Testament describes by a mixture of three images: exclusion, pain, and refuse.
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