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When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought

Terryl L. Givens

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195313901
eISBN:
9780199871933
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

When Souls Had Wings represents the first attempt to trace a history of “pre-heaven,” the idea that the human soul (or spirit) had an existence prior to its mortal birth. Philosophers ... More


From Methodists to Mormons: Attacking Predestination in the Young Republic

Peter J. Thuesen

in Predestination: The American Career of a Contentious Doctrine

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195174274
eISBN:
9780199872138
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195174274.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Church History

In replacing monarchy with republicanism, the American Revolution set the stage for the growth of a variety of upstart groups united by their back‐to‐the‐Bible mentality and their conviction that ... More


Introduction

Terryl L. Givens

in When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195313901
eISBN:
9780199871933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195313901.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The question of the soul's origin was unsettled in early Christian thought. Traducianism, creationism, and pre-existence were competing theories, though the first two involved several theological ... More


Divine Anthropology: Translating the Suprahuman Chain

Samuel Morris Brown

in In Heaven as It Is on Earth: Joseph Smith and the Early Mormon Conquest of Death

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199793570
eISBN:
9780199932511
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199793570.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Church History

This chapter explores the relationships between the Mormon Chain of Belonging and Smith's “divine anthropology,” his belief that humans, Gods, and angels are members of a species of eternal being he ... More


The Read God

Matthew W. Bates

in The Birth of the Trinity: Jesus, God, and Spirit in New Testament and Early Christian Interpretations of the Old Testament

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198729563
eISBN:
9780191796432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729563.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies, Biblical Studies

The Epilogue draws the threads of the whole study together, highlighting the manner in which the novel fourth model that has been proposed, trinitarianism by continuity in prosopological exegesis, ... More


Biology, atheism, and politics in eighteenth-century France

Shirley A. Roe

in Biology and Ideology from Descartes to Dawkins

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226608402
eISBN:
9780226608426
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226608426.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

During the eighteenth century, the specter of atheism was a major concern among many intellectuals (known as philosophes) in Europe. Many of the leading figures of the period such as François-Marie ... More


Creation after Reproduction

Dustin D. Stewart

in Futures of Enlightenment Poetry

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780198857792
eISBN:
9780191890413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198857792.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter locates Mark Akenside at a point where counter-materialist theology and poetic theory weirdly converge with speculative embryology. The poet and physician held that human beings break ... More


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