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The only book to comprehensively describe the varying historical and contemporary cultural beliefs in immortality globally, including western, eastern and animist traditions.
Many have pursued, and continue to pursue, real immortality by seeking to prolong their lives on this earth. Others pursue symbolic or proxy immortality, through children, fame or being part of something long-lasting. One can imagine these different forms of immortality as a menu of options of how to live forever: you click the one that appeals to you most and best fits your beliefs, hopes, values and worldview.
A Note From the Publisher
Where Airy Voices Lead is impressively global in scope, yet exceedingly nuanced in its appraisal and strikingly dispassionate in tone. Bienkowski’s history demonstrates that any culture’s afterlife beliefs reflect the values of that society. He challenges the reader by arguing that, although none of these types of immortality can be proved, equally none can be dismissed and are deserving of respect and investigation. He concludes that our attitude toward immortality is an ethical choice.
Brian Schmidt, Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Mediterranean West Asian Cultures, The University of Michigan, author of Israel's Beneficent Dead