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The Embodied Soul

Keith Ward

in Religion and Human Nature

Published in print November 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269618
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683718 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269618.003.0007
The Embodied Soul

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This chapter examines the views of Judaism and Islam on the concept of human nature. These belief systems reject the Christian doctrines of atonement and original sin, but agree in seeing human beings as created from material dust in order to bring the material universe to a perfect expression of God's glory. Judaism tends to stress a hope for the existence of a perfected society, but it holds very little interest in the existence of a soul after death. Islam, on the other, is committed to belief in a Last Judgement and the resurrection of the dead.

Keywords: Judaism; Islam; human nature; atonement; original sin; perfected society; soul; Last Judgement; resurrection

Chapter.  10253 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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