A-Z: General definitions: Life after death


The concept that there is a spiritual form of existence after the end of the earthly, bodily one. It is a belief held by many religions, though they disagree about its nature. Christians believe that individuals can, by trusting in the forgiveness won by Christ through his death on the Cross, achieve a blessed eternal life with God in heaven. There was in Shakespeare's day a difference of opinion between Catholics and Protestants as to whether spirits of the dead (ghosts) could appear to living humans.
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