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Self, God and ImmortalityA Jamesian Investigation$
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Eugene Fontinell

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780823220700

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823220700.001.0001

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Immortality: Hope or Hindrance?

Immortality: Hope or Hindrance?

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(p.165) Chapter 7 Immortality: Hope or Hindrance?
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Self, God and Immortality
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Eugene Fontinell

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823220700.003.0008

This chapter talks about how, among the wider American population, the majority that claim to believe in immortality seem to consider that belief peripheral to faith and life. Whereas within the contemporary intellectual and cultural ambience, the most judicious response to the immortality question would appear to be silence. The question still touches too many open wounds, superficially covered over by intellectual and emotional band-aids, to allow people the luxury of total exclusion from their reflections. The fierce resurgence of uncritical religious emotivism, East and West, from the relatively benign to the positively destructive, from evangelicals and charismatics to theological terrorists and mind-destroying cults—such phenomena indicate the continued presence of a need for meaning that is not being met.

Keywords:   immortality, faith, life, American population, religious emotivism, evangelicals, theological terrorists, cults

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