Bodies Fleshly and Spiritual

John Casey

in After Lives

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780195092950
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199869732 | DOI:
Bodies Fleshly and Spiritual

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Two opposing accounts of heaven and the risen body are discussed—the materialist account of Irenaeus, and the elaborate theory of the spiritual risen body and its properties of Augustine. In Augustine there is a curious mixture of a vision of the risen body that is virtually allegorical—that sees the body's existence as subsumed within the community of believers—and a continued attempt to explain it in a semi‐literal way. The chapter ends with a discussion of the Muslim paradise, and of accusations, mostly brought by Christians, that it is a paradise of the senses. The Muslim vision of paradise is discussed through an account of some hadith, and some attempts at allegorical interpretation of the sensual descriptions are noticed.

Keywords: Irenaeus; risen body; materialist; Augustine; spiritual risen body; Muslim paradise; senses; sensual; hadith; allegory

Chapter.  5474 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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