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University of Toronto St. George
Joseph Bryant

Feb 92011 Notes on the social Genesis of hell and heaven The appeals of heaven: Pie in the sky, when u die (u might not b finding life fulfilling but use heavenly dispensation to change the picture) -Feuerbach: Heaven is the key to deepest mysteries of religion as an ideological stabilization mechanism? All is made right in the afterlife, thus tolerating what is wrong in this life? Cf Marxist critiques : promise of heaven in the sky sanctions hell (exploitation, oppression) on the earth To offer consolation for suffering, with the promise of amends of justice in the life to come Afterlife beliefs are regulative for wordly existence: endure poverty, oppression, injustice, inequality, persecution, ascetic renunciation.(more manageable if u hold out these afterlife beliefs) Earth is a different place, wen it lies between a heaven and a hell is heaven a place? Or a state of mindheart? Chinese proverb: heaven and hell are widin the heart Jesus: the kingdom of God is widin you Notes: Heaven is the existence adequate to my wishes- Feuerbach. in rlg pple usually talking abt themselves, highest aspirations etc. expressi
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