Allison-hope on Mount Doom


One of the ways people put down any discussion of life after death today is to call it pie in the sky bye and bye. The “bye and bye” part of this depends on how long we live nowadays. Aside from traffic accidents, the causes of death have been greatly reduced today.

I was born in the baby boom after WW II and probably only lived through the first week of my life because of medical advances made during the war. If I had entered the world even a decade earlier, I would not have survived. I was born with collapsed lungs and serious hemorrhaging.

My wife, a daughter-in-law, and one of my brothers are also only alive today because of modern medicine.

In his book Night Comes: Death, Imagination and the Last Things; Dale Allison spends much of his first chapter dealing with this difference between biblical times…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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