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, even though now not for the deliverance of the unsaved from hell. This ebook defends all 3 sorts of prayer. It demanding situations Protestants, who seldom pray for the lifeless, to start doing so--and Roman Catholics and japanese Orthodox, who pray just for the Christian lifeless, to incorporate the unsaved in addition.
James Gould addresses the biblical credentials of prayer for the useless and gives a ancient evaluation 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 lifeless requires--that prayer is efficacious, that the lifeless are wakeful, and that the afterlife consists of change--and lays out a theological framework for such prayers.
Prayer for the departed increases the main easy of theological questions, issues that visit the heart of God's function in growing non secular beings and redeeming sinful humankind. The argument, whereas revisionary in a few respects, is orthodox, ecumenical, and integrative, attractive more than a few educational disciplines so that it will be biblically exact, traditionally expert, and philosophically reasoned.
"James B. Gould not just argues powerfully that there's no sturdy theological case opposed to prayer for the lifeless, but in addition that there's a robust theological case in favor of it. Gould's case is wide-ranging in its argument, and he offers with the background of prayer for the useless in Christian theology in addition to the philosophical and theological concerns raised through the perform. His paintings could be well-known as a landmark on those very important concerns 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 point of view can be a useful consultant to somebody drawn to the query - someone, in reality, who desires to imagine extra deeply approximately what we do after we pray and the character of lifestyles after demise. there's rather a lot right here to notify, problem, and inspire."
--John Inge, Bishop of Worcester, United Kingdom
James B. Gould teaches within the division of Philosophy at McHenry County university, Crystal Lake, Illinois, and serves at the ethics committees of a number of healthcare organizations.