Journals Higher Education



Published: 07 March 2013

480 Pages


ISBN: 9780199975037

Also Available As:


Also Available In:

Bookseller Code (AE)

After Lives

A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory

John Casey

  • A fascinating exploration of ideas of life after death, ranging from ancient times to the present, and from religion and philosophy to literature and science
  • '' elegant and informative literary pilgrimage through heaven, hell, and purgatory — a rare achievement in humane erudition, graced by sympathy, curiosity, and candor." — Carol Zaleski, author of Otherworld Journeys
  • "John Casey's After Lives, steeped in classics, philosophy, literature, and religion, discusses a vast variety of ideas about what happens after death. It ranges over heaven, hell, and what may lie between, covering ideas from ancient Egypt to twentieth-century spiritualism. It is vivid, ironic, deep, and accessible." — Jeffrey Burton Russell, author of A History of Heaven
  • "Happily for the scope of his inquiry, the author is immensely well-read and readily shows how powerfully and frequently notions of heaven and hell have inspired and haunted Western writers. This is a smart and comprehensive survey."—Publishers Weekly
  • ''...offers a humane and often witty engagement with the concepts of heaven and hell in different times and according to different faiths. It is ironic that a book about life after death so enlivens one of the most important conversations we can have in the here and now."—The Wall Street Journal

Also of Interest