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We finish up Chapter 5 of Christopher Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.
One of the things that our group has learned, especially in this chapter, is how theology can be so speculative. This proves to be true when dealing with a possible afterlife of animals. This in turn transfers over to the speculative nature of what happens after death for humans as well. In other words, there’s a whole lot of guessing and head-scratching involved, and including animals into the mix complicates it way more.
In Christian tradition or theology, it seems someone clear-cut as to what happens after death since we rely heavily upon the Bible as to what happens. However, when you dig deeper, you will see that it is not so clear-cut as you would’ve liked it to have been. For instance, early in the Old Testament there was a belief that all living souls went to an under-realm for the dead called “Sheol” which was very different from more popular understandings of heaven or the afterlife. A post-mortem existence and possible afterlife and a resurrection of the dead appears in the post-exilic portion of the Old Testament (the book of Daniel in particular) that is further developed first by the writings of Paul and then the later gospel writings to varying degrees.
In other words, the Bible carries within it multiple views of what happens after death. Even sparser or non-existent are what happens to animals after death.
Here are our essays related to these topics.
We will finish Chapter 5 of The Groaning of Creation.
Please answer one of the following questions:
We complete chapter 4 of Christopher Southgate’s The Groaning of Creation.
Here are our essays.
Does evolutionary creation lend itself to self-transcendence?
During our conversation last Sunday, we had a hard time trying to grasp Southgate’s meaning of the word “transcendence”. We also had a hard time defining the word “love” as well in a philosophical sense. Seems simple enough until you get down the deep theological and philosophical aspects of it rather than the simple everyday notions of the word “love”.
Here are our essays.
This week we will go over Section 4.4 of The Groaning of Creation.
This week, the questions have been asked by Christopher from our group.
Please write an essay on one of the questions below: