Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy by Jerry L. Walls

Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy

byJerry L. Walls

Hardcover | August 15, 2002

not yet rated|write a review

Pricing and Purchase Info

$101.10

Earn 506 plum® points

In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores

about

The Christian doctrine of heaven has been a moral source of enormous power in western culture. It has provided a striking account of the ultimate good in life and has for two millennia animated the hope that our lives can be fully meaningful. Recently, however, the doctrine of heaven has lostmuch of its grip on the western imagination and has become a vague and largely ignored part of the Christian creed. Not only have our hopes been redefined as a result, but our very identity as human beings has been altered. In this book, Jerry L. Walls argues that the doctrine of heaven is ripe for serious reconsideration. He contends not only that the orthodox view of heaven can be defended from objections commonly raised against it, but also that heaven is a powerful resource for addressing persistent philosophicalproblems, not the least of which concern the ground of morality and the meaning of life. Walls shows how heaven is integrally related to central Christian doctrines, particularly those concerning salvation, and tackles the difficult problem of why faith in Christ is necessary to save us from oursins. In addition, heaven is shown to illumine thorny problems of personal identity and to be an essential component of a satisfactory theodicy. Walls goes on to examine data from near-death experiences from the standpoint of some important recent work in epistemology and argues that they offerpositive evidence for heaven. He concludes that we profoundly need to recover the hope of heaven in order to recover our very humanity.

About The Author

Jerry L. Walls is Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky and Senior Speaking Fellow for the Morris Institute for Human Values. His first excursion into eschatology was Hell: The Logic of Damnation.
God and Cosmos: Moral Truth and Human Meaning
God and Cosmos: Moral Truth and Human Meaning

by David Baggett

$19.19$23.99

Available for download

Not available in stores

The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology
The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology

by Jerry L. Walls

$47.99$59.99

Available for download

Not available in stores

Shop this author

Details & Specs

Title:Heaven: The Logic of Eternal JoyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 6.1 × 9.29 × 0.98 inPublished:August 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195113020

ISBN - 13:9780195113020

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy

Reviews

Extra Content

Editorial Reviews

"This is an extraordinary achievement. Walls has take the intellectually despised and archaic notion of heaven and put it to work to illuminate a whole network of important philosophical and theological topics. The range, depth, rigor, and sensitivity of his ideas and arguments areremarkable. heaven provides a bracing theistic feast that should be digested with enthusiasm by those in search of a robust theism that speaks felicitously to our many queries about life after death. This is philosophical theology at its very best."--William J. Abraham, Perkins School of Theology,Southern Methodist University