Published today on First Things I first met Sir Roger Scruton (1944–2020) some years ago, at a conference on the pernicious effects of pornography. I presented a paper addressing the root cause of the plague ravaging societies worldwide: lust. When… Read More ›
Many readers of the Bible are surprised to learn that the ideas of the afterlife in the Hebrew Bible are not closely related to what most people think today. The idea that after you die, your soul goes either to… Read More ›
In his magnum opus, Revival of the Religious Sciences, al-Ghazali begins the chapter on death as follows: Praise be to God, who with death did break the necks of tyrants, shattering with it the backs of Persia’s kings, cutting short… Read More ›
Belief in an afterlife is basically absent from the Old Testament. The Qur’an suggests a reason why.
Marcus J. Borg, an American New Testament scholar and theologian, in his last book ponders the strange absence of the afterlife in the Jewish Bible: ‘In the Old Testament, which is more than two-thirds of the Christian Bible, belief in… Read More ›