Death and the Afterlife

Death and the Afterlife      (Developments in Christian Thought 1b)

  1. What is the difference between reincarnation and resurrection?
  2. What is the difference between disembodied existence and resurrection?
  3. In what ways is heaven described?
  4. How is hell described?
  5. What is purgatory?
  6. What does ‘purged’ mean?
  7. Which group of Christians believe in the idea of purgatory?
  8. Why do many Protestants reject the idea of purgatory?
  9. How do evangelicals interpret the idea of heaven and hell?
  10. What is a strength of the evangelical view of heaven and hell?
  11. What is a weakness of the evangelical view of heaven and hell?
  12. What might heaven, hell and purgatory be metaphors for?
  13. What is a strength of the metaphorical view of heaven and hell?
  14. What is a weakness of the metaphorical view of heaven and hell?
  15. What might heaven, hell and purgatory be symbols for?
  16. What is a strength of the symbolic view of heaven and hell?
  17. What is a weakness of the symbolic view of heaven and hell?
  18. What is meant by limited election?
  19. What is meant by unlimited election?
  20. What is universalism?
  21. What does ‘election’ mean?
  22. According to St. Augustine, what is the consequence of the Fall for our salvation?
  23. What is meant by the term ‘predestination’? (link your answer to election)
  24. What is single predestination?
  25. What is double predestination?
  26. Why does Calvin argue for double predestination?
  27. Why do some Christians oppose the idea of limited election?
  28. Why does Barth argue for unlimited election?
  29. According to Barth, why are some people not saved, even when election is unlimited?
  30. Why does Hick argue for universalism?
  31. Why do some Christians oppose universalism?
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