Allison-the truth of the imagination

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If there is a new and better life after this one, that changes our attitude toward the present. Many argue that such a belief undermines our concern about this world. Concerns about society and posterity that drive political involvement would lessen. After all, death will remove us from the this-worldly consequences. Sects that believe in the near end of the world, sometimes do not see dire events like wars and earthquakes as problems to solve. Instead, they see such things as reasons to rejoice, signs that kingdom of God is about to arrive.

Dale Allison, in Night Comes, is aware of this objection. But, he points out that unbelief in anything beyond this life may also lead to cynicism and meaningless hedonism for some. As Paul said about unbelief in the resurrection, we may decide just to enjoy life for tomorrow we die (1 Corinthians 15:32).

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My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I 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. 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.
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