Death and the Afterlife – “Purgatory is a state through which everyone goes”. Discuss. (40 marks)

The doctrine of purgatory is a Catholic teaching which was developed by early Christian thinkers such as Origen and Augustine. Pope Gregory in the sixth century developed the idea based upon Jesus saying: “…anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” (Matt … Continue reading Death and the Afterlife – “Purgatory is a state through which everyone goes”. Discuss. (40 marks)

Death and the Afterlife- “There are so many different beliefs about the afterlife that there is no point concerning one’s self with it”. Discuss. (40 marks)

The basis for Christian belief in a life after death centres on the belief that Jesus died and rose again.  He taught that his death would prompt God to establish a new kingdom, and that through belief in him, his followers would have a place in the new kingdom: “I am the resurrection and the … Continue reading Death and the Afterlife- “There are so many different beliefs about the afterlife that there is no point concerning one’s self with it”. Discuss. (40 marks)

Death and the Afterlife- “Hell is an idea, not a place”. Discuss. (40 marks)

The idea of judgement and heaven and hell is essential to Christianity, and traditionally Christianity teaches that after death, the faithful will go to heaven and those who have lived in sin will be subjected to eternal punishment.  The story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke’s gospel, for example, gives a clear message … Continue reading Death and the Afterlife- “Hell is an idea, not a place”. Discuss. (40 marks)

Death and the afterlife – Evaluate different Christian views on heaven, hell and purgatory. (40 marks)

Colour code:  Blue – Your argument   Red – Argument against Orange – Critical analysis Purple – Scholars Christianity has a wide range of views on eschatology, the doctrine of last things and the afterlife due to the nature of the topic and range of sources that are used as evidence.  Biblically heaven, hell are mentioned in … Continue reading Death and the afterlife – Evaluate different Christian views on heaven, hell and purgatory. (40 marks)