By James B. Gould,Jerry L. Walls
all through heritage Christians have prayed for the dead--both for continuous progress of the trustworthy and for his or her development from purgatory, notwithstanding now not for the deliverance of the unsaved from hell. This ebook defends all 3 varieties of prayer. It demanding situations Protestants, who seldom pray for the useless, to start doing so--and Roman Catholics and japanese Orthodox, who pray just for the Christian useless, to incorporate the unsaved in addition.
James Gould addresses the biblical credentials of prayer for the useless and offers a ancient review of such prayers from historic Christianity to the present perform of the 3 major branches of the church. He additionally discusses the logical assumptions prayer for the useless requires--that prayer is efficacious, that the lifeless are awake, and that the afterlife comprises change--and lays out a theological framework for such prayers.
Prayer for the departed increases the main easy of theological questions, concerns that visit the heart of God's objective in developing religious beings and redeeming sinful humankind. The argument, whereas revisionary in a few respects, is orthodox, ecumenical, and integrative, enticing more than a few educational disciplines that allows you to be biblically actual, traditionally educated, and philosophically reasoned.
"James B. Gould not just argues powerfully that there's no sturdy theological case opposed to prayer for the lifeless, but additionally that there's a strong theological case in favor of it. Gould's case is wide-ranging in its argument, and he bargains with the heritage of prayer for the useless in Christian theology in addition to the philosophical and theological concerns raised via the perform. His paintings can be well-known as a landmark on those very important matters for years to come."
--Jerry L. Walls, Professor of Philosophy, Houston Baptist collage
"Christians have argued for hundreds of years approximately even if we must always pray for the lifeless. This clever and thorough exam of the topic from a biblical, historic, theological, and philosophical viewpoint might be a useful consultant to an individual drawn to the query - somebody, in truth, who desires to imagine extra deeply approximately what we do after we pray and the character of existence after demise. there's quite a bit the following to notify, problem, and inspire."
--John Inge, Bishop of Worcester, United Kingdom
James B. Gould teaches within the division of Philosophy at McHenry County collage, Crystal Lake, Illinois, and serves at the ethics committees of numerous healthcare organizations.