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Seven heavens? The character and importance of afterlife belief among contemporary Australians

Singleton, Andrew 2016, Seven heavens? The character and importance of afterlife belief among contemporary Australians, Mortality, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 167-184, doi: 10.1080/13576275.2015.1099521.

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Title Seven heavens? The character and importance of afterlife belief among contemporary Australians
Author(s) Singleton, AndrewORCID iD for Singleton, Andrew orcid.org/0000-0002-5545-2149
Journal name Mortality
Volume number 21
Issue number 2
Start page 167
End page 184
Total pages 18
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1469-9885
Keyword(s) afterlife belief
religious change
spirituality
bereavement
Summary This article draws on in-depth qualitative interviews with 52 people to examine the meaning and character of afterlife belief among contemporary Australians. It explores the varieties of afterlife belief and considers the impact such beliefs have, particularly in relation to death and dying. The analysis reveals that afterlife belief is varied, individualistic and mainly arrived at with little to no reference to orthodox religious teaching. People variously believe in heaven, reincarnation, life on another planet or something more abstract. Those who follow faithfully a religious tradition are largely ignorant of detailed theological doctrines about life after death and like other kinds of believers, exercise their own authority and judgment over matters of belief.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13576275.2015.1099521
Field of Research 220405 Religion and Society
160805 Social Change
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079111

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Collection: School of Life and Environmental Sciences
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