Paradise Understood: New Philosophical Essays about Heaven

2017.10.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews T. Ryan Byerly and Eric J. Silverman, (eds.), Paradise Understood: New Philosophical Essays about Heaven, Oxford University
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2017.10.24 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews T. Ryan Byerly and Eric J. Silverman, (eds.), Paradise Understood: New Philosophical Essays about Heaven, Oxford University Press, 2017, 365 pp., $110.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198794301. Reviewed by Evan Fales, University of Iowa Here is a new volume about heaven, a topic to which not very many anthologies have been devoted in the recent Anglo-American philosophical literature. It is a collection of 17 essays, paired to cover eight topics that have challenged philosophical and theological thought about human existence in the afterlife in heaven. It appears that all the authors are Christian, or at least writing from within the Judeo-Christian soteriological perspective. The afterlife raises a number of perplexities, which we might place under two general kinds. There are puzzles about what the goodness of heavenly existence consists in for the saints; and there are questions of a metaphysical and epistemological. . .

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