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The Church, the Afterlife and the Fate of the Soul: Papers Read at the 2007 Summer Meeting and the 2008 Winter Meeting of the Ecclesiastical History Society (Studies in Church History)

ISBN13: 9780954680954
ISBN: 0954680952
Binding: Hardcover
List Price: $80.0
Publisher: Ecclesiastical History Society
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Pages: 454

The impact of belief in the afterlife on the Church's history and evolution, and the manifold ways in which it has impacted on and been reflected in the lives, expectations, and aspirations of Christians across the centuries, is the central theme of this volume. By considering the whole chronological and geographic spread of the church's experience, these essays demonstrate the current excitement of scholarly study of the afterlife: and they frequently question such deeply held assumptions as the late development of purgatory in Christian thought, the divorce between the living and the dead in the western tradition after the sixteenth century, or the importance of post-death salvation in successful modern evangelism. PETER CLARKE is Lecturer in History at Southampton University; TONY CLAYDON is Professor of Early Modern History at Bangor University.

Naked or clothed? : eschatology and the doctrine of creation / Frances Young --
What happened to the last judgement in the early church? / Josephine Laffin --
Timor mortis : the fear of death in Augustine's sermons on the martyrs / Elena Martin --
Philosophy, hagiology and the early Byzantine origins of purgatory / Matthew J. Dal Santo --
Saints and soteriology in Sophronius Sophista's Miracles of Cyrus and John / Phil Booth --
Death and the afterlife in Jonas of Bobbio's Vita Columbani / Alexander O'Hara --
Individual and collective salvation in late Visigothic Spain / Jamie Wood --
Anglo-Saxon 'purgatory' / Sarah Foot --
Byzantine visions of the end / Leslie Brubaker --
The afterlife of Bishop Adhémar of Le Puy / Conor Kostick --
Michael Glykas and the afterlife in twelfth-century Byzantium / Yannis Papadogiannakis --
Ghosts and ghostbusters in the Middle Ages / R.N. Swanson --
Agreements to return from the afterlife in late medieval exempla / Catherine Rider --
Fixing the eschatological scales : judgement of the soul in late medieval and early modern Irish tradition / Salvador Ryan --
'An afterlife in memory' : commemoration and its effects in a late medieval parish / Clive Burgess --
Performing the passion : strategies for salvation in the life of Stefana Quinzani (d. 1530) / Cordelia Warr --
Christ's descent into hell in Reformation controversy / David Bagchi --
Revelation and reckoning : angels and the apocalypse in Reformation England, c. 1559-1625 / Laura Sangha --
Heaven and heavenly piety in Colonial American elegies / Adrian Chastain Weimer --
'But where shall my soul repose?' : nonconformity, science and the geography of the afterlife, c. 1660-1720 / Andrew Cambers --
The Chinese rites controversy : Confucian and Christian views on the afterlife / Paul Rule --
Strategies for the afterlife in eighteenth-century Malta / Frans Ciappara --
Apparitions and Anglicanism in 1750s Warwickshire / Sasha Handley --
Rescuing the perishing heathen : the British Empire versus the Empire of Satan in Anglican theology, 1701-1721 / Rowan Strong --
'In their madness they chase the wind' : the Catholic Church and the afterlife in late Chosǒn Korea / Andrew Finch --
The 'restitution of all things' in evangelical premillennialism / Martin Spence --
'Angels seen today' : the theology of modern spiritualism and its impact on Church of England clergy, 1852-1939 / Georgina Byrne --
Civilians, soldiers and perceptions of the afterlife in Britain during the First World War / Michael Snape --
Life beyond the grave : new churches in York and the afterlife, c. 1982-2007 / David Goodhew --
African Christianity and the eclipse of the afterlife / Paul Gifford.