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The Tripwire to More Questions than Answers

Fry, Ian R. (2013) The Tripwire to More Questions than Answers. In: Holy Books and Life After Life. Kottaraka Papers . Dr. Alexander Mar Thoma Centre for Dialogue, Kottarakara, Kerala, India, pp. 9-33. ISBN 81-902365-3-9

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This paper notes that concept of ‘life after life’ cannot be considered in theological, scientific or philosophical isolation. There has been no consensus or spontaneous knowledge of the possibility or the reality of ‘life after life’ within or between any faith communities. Traditional beliefs have not kept pace with scientific discoveries or an understanding of human history, and they must be reviewed in the context of the origins of life, whether there is an external force that had, or has, a role in those origins, and whether there is an ongoing relationship between living creatures, both human and non-human, and the creative force.
The paper then briefly identifies the beliefs held in each of the major world faiths, questions the implications of some of those beliefs, and proposes that research by scholars from different faiths working in close collaboration would help towards an understanding of which early beliefs may have direct application in considering human life and which beliefs may be more relevant in considerations of environmental matters and inter-species relationships.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Life,philosophy,science,mortality,incarnation,Vedic tradition,Hinduism, Christianity,Judaism,Islam,Confucianism,Buddhism Zoroastrianism,Mahābhārata,Rāmāyaņā, Aristotle,Qumran,Bŗhadāraņyaka,puņya,ātman,pāpa.
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220402 Comparative Religious Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: A - Humanities, general
A - Philosophy
D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
A - World Religions
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-JTC: United Faculty of Theology - Jesuit Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Ian Rex Fry
Date Deposited: 05 May 2014 03:15
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 02:40
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1434

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