Secular Eschatology: Beliefs about Afterlife

  title={Secular Eschatology: Beliefs about Afterlife},
  author={Gail C. Walker},
  journal={OMEGA — Journal of Death and Dying},
  pages={22 - 5}
  • Gail C. Walker
  • Published 1 August 2000
  • Sociology
  • OMEGA — Journal of Death and Dying
The development of the concept of afterlife was traced through examination of extinctionism, existentialism, pre-historic Shamanism, the Hebrew Torah, the Judeo-Christian Bible, the Qur'an of Islam, Eastern religious and philosophical systems regarding reincarnation, pluralistic death, and secular alternatives of positivism and humanitarianism. Beliefs about afterlife were investigated for 270 healthcare workers and 414 university students. The extinctionist view was endorsed by 13.6 percent… Expand

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