Heaven and hell in enlightenment England

Almond, Philip C. Heaven and hell in enlightenment England Print on demand ed. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Author Almond, Philip C.
Title Heaven and hell in enlightenment England
Place of Publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publication year 2008
Sub-type Research book (original research)
Open Access Status
Edition Print on demand
ISBN 9780521101257
Language eng
Total number of pages 231
Collection year 2009
Subjects A4
220209 History of Ideas
220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Abstract/Summary This book examines life after death and changing concepts of heaven and hell in English thought from 1650 to 1750. It explores seventeenth- and eighteenth-century images of the journey of body and soul, from Platonist accounts of pre-existence, the final judgement and beyond into heaven or hell. It discloses a society in which frail and fleeting human life was lived out in the expectation of salvation or damnation, of eternal happiness or eternal torment, of heaven or hell and depicts a world radically different from our own. Drawing on the writings not only of the elite but also of the middling and lower classes, Almond shows how there hovered around images of the afterlife many classical and contemporary debate: free will and predestination, materialism and dualism, religion and science, Catholicism and Protestantism, religious and political radicalism, demonology and witchcraft and so on. The picture which emerges is both representative of the age as a whole and enables us to appreciate more fully contemporary understandings of the meaning of human life and death.
Q-Index Code AX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes First published 1994. This is the digitally printed 2008 version.

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