Beliefs

The time between one's death and the final resurrection is thought of variously in traditional Anglicanism as a time of peaceful rest for the soul or non-bodily presence with God. A modern view suggests no continuity between the person who dies one day (and is therefore completely dead) and the one raised at the last day, other than in the mind of God. Some Anglicans posit that the atemporality of the afterlife obviates questions of "between" times.

There is, of course, great diversity within Anglicanism regarding salvation and the afterlife, and no view is universally representative. For example, some Anglo-Catholics may adopt one or more aspects of the Catholic geography of the afterlife. There are Evangelical Anglicans who have taken dispensationalist beliefs regarding the millennium, the tribulation, and the rapture. Adherents to a number of Liberal perspectives may emphasize salvation in this life (whether or not also in an afterlife), perhaps in terms of liberation from social or political oppression, or the attainment of genuinely human existence or of relational harmony.


Study Questions:
     1.     What does traditional Anglicanism believe about the afterlife?
     2.     How do Anglicans understand hell? Heaven?
     3.     Why should Jesus be seen as God’s commitment to humanity?
     4.     What does it mean to “believe in” Jesus?

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