Heaven and Hell in Enlightenment England by Philip C. Almond

By Philip C. Almond

This ebook deals the 1st complete account of lifestyles after loss of life and the altering ideas of heaven and hell in English idea from 1650-1750. It explores 17th and eighteenth century photos of the adventure of physique and soul from Platonist debts of preexistence, to the intermediate country among demise and the final Day, to the ultimate Judgment and past into heaven or hell. It discloses a society considerably varied from our personal, during which frail and fleeting human existence was once lived out within the expectation of salvation or damnation, everlasting happiness or torment.

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88 But there were pressing seventeenthcentury reasons for a vigorous defence of free will, and not only among those who supported the pre­existence of the soul. 89 The Platonists were strongly libertarian, committed to the incompatibility between being determined to act in such and such a way and being free so to do. Consequently, Hobbes' position was anathema to them, not only because it denied any human responsibility for moral misdeeds, thus denying the development of an autonomous moral life, but also because it appeared to lay upon God the ultimate responsibility for all human misdeeds, thus denying the essential goodness of God.

The earthly life was perched precariously both in time and space between the hopes of an eternal blessedness and the possibilities of torments severe, long­lasting if not eternal.  They said that during the present time the human soul dies and perishes with the body, but that at the time of resurrection they will be renewed together. 22).  'We say', declared Bullinger, that man doth consist of two, and those diverse substances in one person; of a soul immortal (as that which being separated from his body doth neither sleep nor die), and a body mortal, which, notwithstanding, at the last judgment shall be raised again from the dead, that from henceforth the whole man may continue forever in life or in death.

They said that during the present time the human soul dies and perishes with the body, but that at the time of resurrection they will be renewed together. 22).  'We say', declared Bullinger, that man doth consist of two, and those diverse substances in one person; of a soul immortal (as that which being separated from his body doth neither sleep nor die), and a body mortal, which, notwithstanding, at the last judgment shall be raised again from the dead, that from henceforth the whole man may continue forever in life or in death.

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