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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; New Ed edition (9 Dec. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0333394852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333394854
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 780,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Hick is Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Research in Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham in England. He is the author of a number of books, including A Christian Theology of Religions, Death and Eternal Life, and God Has Many Names , all of which are published by WJK. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N on 19 Jan. 2007
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This is a key work on the subject of death and eternal life in human thinking and philosophy - it's unique in that it takes account of all the main world religions and their theories too, to offer a short, medium, and long term 'destiny' of what may well happen to humanity if indeed there is a God/Divine Reality overarching the universe we live in...

Hick is one of the foremost philosophers of religion and has been for a very long time, and though this book was written in 1976, it's not really needed updating as let's face it the issues don't change much! His style is a model for any student, he is lucid and always erudite, but also provocative in his thinking which back then was majorly challenging the mainstream Christian theology.

He moved on from this phase in his thinking but he did us all a favour along the way in producing what in many universities is the key or a key textbook on the subject and i commend it to anyone with a desire for answers to the mysteries of death and eternal life.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A journey through death and what might lie beyond ... 16 Oct. 1999
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I first read John Hick about 12 years ago and this was the first of his books. My understanding of Christianity in general and the nature of life and death in particular were significantly altered by this book and others by Hick.
Imagine taking a ride through the various theories of life after death as presented by various religions, each one being presented so that you say, "Wow -- now this is it." Hick, in his masterful way, then says, "No, not really, and here's why..." So, throughout the book (although the first 200 pages are less thrilling)you are being led through this maze all the time wondering if, by the time the book ends, you're doing be presented with something that makes sense. The ride is worth it -- you are well rewarded.
Again, nearly anything by Hick is worth reading, but this is a book to settle down into and give yourself up to. It's not light reading by any means, but it is fascinating.
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Thought Provoking 29 May 2012
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If Christians are looking for support for their Hellenized version of the afterlife, this is not the book to provide that. But if you are open to exploring new ideas and philosophy that is compatible with a Christian faith, but maybe not consistent with its history, this book is a great read. I thought more about the afetr life, our ideas of it, and why we believe the way we do, while reading this book, than any other book I have read. The book should be part of any Christian library, not because it supports your view, but because it helps you think more deeply about them. I finished the book, not agreeing with Hick's final conclusion, but thankful for spending the time to read what he wrote.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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John Hick
Death and Eternal Life

(New York: Harper & Row, 1976) 495 pages

A British professor of philosophy reviews the Western Christian
and Eastern Hindu and Buddhist ideas about self, death, and life after death.
He specifically examines immortality (survival of a disembodied mind),
resurrection (a new life in another form),
and reincarnation (a new life in a different body).
Heaven and reincarnation may not be as far apart as they seem at first.
Hick finally invents his own hypothesis of several lives after death,
thru which we might reach moral and spiritual fulfillment.
An interesting and well-informed book.

If you would like to read other books about life after death,
search the following term on the Internet:

James Leonard Park, skeptic.
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very heady and difficult to understand for the average seminary ... 3 July 2014
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very heady and difficult to understand for the average seminary reader. I am not a philosopher. Hick jumps around and really has a hard time with thesis statements. There aren't any! prerequisite should be a class in basic world religion.
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Maybe it doesn't tell you the answers, but it is something of a decent guide! 11 July 2014
By Sajid G. Mulla - Published on
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Where to begin I read this book, and it started off as a a tragedy might as well end up that way as well. I was just looking for answers after I heard radio voices and beeping when I was visiting a sick relative with my dad in my car. What later transpired was a vision or some could say a full onset hallucination three days before my uncle died. A little backstory my Uncle was a rich man who came from humble beginnings came to this country in a boat in the fifies. I never knew him personally the only thing I remembered vividly was the time my cousin tore up my homework, and he beat me viciously. I feel for the guy he had everything in the world but the accident that crippled him in the fire ruined his kidneys because of the painkillers he took. I never knew the man personally but when the vision of this came three days prior to the day he died I thought was tied to him. Sadly, this was not the case what ended up was that my mentally sick cousin who was five years old died of pneumonia in India because of health problems. Maybe the vision was about both of them who knows. However, when it did occur at 11pm in pitch black darkness the blue light from my computer usb port shone to my bookcase to my bookshelf about Saints and my economy book. I did rub it off as a hallucination, but the reason I am writing about this was this was a tumultuous time in my life. My residence which was a hotel that my dad managed for 15 years was lost because the owners didn't want to pay insurance and a high salary and my father is going on his years. It was this time I lived in a rented two bedroom house I didn't know what my future would bring or that I would have a two bedroom home couple of months later to reside in. I had a job at a hotel working nights but that too was temporary I lost it again a month ago because the Manager was having some issues. It was a good thing too the Manager cared about his BMW more then the people who worked or the customers he served. I knew it was time for me to go when he yelled at some half-naked lady who was hysterical that she was kicked out of her residence next door. When he told me to be quiet and keep my mouth shut when the girl's brother came it was time for me to go. I guess he didn't like my ethnicity so a week later he found some excuse to get rid of me.

This vision was what compelled me to buy this book to look for answers a year ago. I grew up in a fairly working class religious family. I believe it is money that is the root cause of most problems. I tried to have a meaningful conversation with my father about religion, but it always ends badly. He is the Asian and he donates most of his money and time to his religion which is Islam and it is always the same argument every Friday with him. I tell him to truly help someone you should help someone in need instead of the money going to some meaningless charity in which the Minister or some administrator eats it. I guess with the poverty and what I saw in India in which a Muslim priest has three wives and the faithful around them are living day by day has angered me. The problem is its not just my religion it is Hinduism, Christianity and so many. I guess I already knew the answer that we are all part of a greater whole. This book was just a reminder that to me that doing wrong is an individual choice and that each of us are doomed to return to a far worse hell if we don't do the right thing. I don't know I guess I have some resentment in me that the economy we have is a bubble, and we value the works of Doctors who rake in millions every year or give our money to religious charlatans instead of regular people. This book doesn't mention any of that but it does give a glimpse of Western and Eastern doctrine. However, I no longer see any difference between the two anymore all I see is one global economy in which we value technology instead of people. I wanted answers from this book, but what I got was a small semblance of reassurance and hope. I guess that is all I can really ask for. Maybe since reading this book it will end badly for me like the character in another book by Jules Vernes in his lost work Paris in the Twentieth Century or maybe I will find salvation or another job. I guess I truly don't know only time will tell what the future will bring as it should.

The reason I can only give it a three is it reminded me so much of the philosophy books I would read in college. It was preaching to me about Western, and Eastern philosophy about life. Academia is what this book was geared for than the average citizen. It would be nice if he mentions Averroes or more about Plato but then he would of lost his general audience which is primarily western.

If I didn't read about Plato or took an ethics class this would be something mind blowing, but since I already have a degree this is just good light reading. I held off writing this review for a year because i didn't know what really to say the words just flowed today and I just wanted to give my opinion. Almost was not going to write it because someone might read this and think I am mentally disturbed. I realized what others think doesn't matter what I think does, so if you have a fairly negative opinion of this review.

I don't really care. :)
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