Eternal Life for Atheists

Saving God
Religion after Idolatry
Mark Johnston
Princeton University Press, $24.95, 198 pp.

Surviving Death
Mark Johnston
Princeton University Press, $35, 393 pp.

In these two closely connected volumes, the Princeton philosopher Mark Johnston argues for the following conclusions. First, that refusing to identify God as an idol requires one to reject the central claims of most versions of Christianity (as well as Judaism and Islam). Second, that there can be no coherent account of the resurrection of the body or of most versions of personal immortality. Third, that the hope for personal immortality is inextricable from an idolatrous understanding of...

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About the Author

Paul J. Griffiths holds the Warren Chair of Catholic Theology at Duke University.