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When Souls Had Wings book. A major motivation for Terryl L. Givens’s WHEN ANGELS HAD WINGS: PRE-MORTAL EXISTENCE IN WESTERN THOUGHT is, as the subtitle indicates, a history of the idea of the pre-existence from Mesopotamian myth through the present. Givens spends a lot of time discussing Plato, whose ideas on the pre-existence were highly influential for more than two millennia, and the Church Fathers. He discusses many other major thinkers in philosophy, religion and literature but also many relatively minor figures.
When Souls Had Wings offers the first systematic history of this little explored feature of Western culture. Terryl Givens describes the tradition of pre-existence as "pre-heaven"-the place where unborn souls wait until they descend to earth to be born
When Souls Had Wings offers the first systematic history of this little explored feature of Western culture. Terryl Givens describes the tradition of pre-existence as "pre-heaven"-the place where unborn souls wait until they descend to earth to be born. And typically it is seen as a descent-a falling away from a happier and untroubled state into the turbulent and sinful world we know. The title of the book refers to the idea put forward in antiquity that our souls begin with wings, and that only after shedding those wings do we fall to earth
Givens has a very impressive resume and is professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond. He has done an extensive study of the subject of pre-mortal existence and the results are condensed into this book.
Givens has a very impressive resume and is professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond. Here he covers religion, philosophy, and poetry that cover this subject. The book covers from Mesopotamian times to modern times.
Volume 81, Issue 2. June 2012, pp. 410-412. When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. Robert C. Fuller (a1).
The notion that we spring into existence ex nihilo at birth strikes many people as counter-intuitive. By contrast, the idea that we have an eternal identity appeals to some deep intuition about the self. And indeed, belief in the soul's pre-mortal existence has a long history in Western thought. Terryl Givens offers the first systematic exploration of this fascinating if generally unfamiliar feature of Western cultural history.
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When Souls Had Wings represents the first attempt to trace a history of pre-heaven, the idea that the human soul (or spirit) had an existence prior to its mortal birth. Philosophers from Plato through Leibniz and Kant to J. E. M. McTaggart, thinkers in Jewish and Christian traditions, and poets from the seventeenth century to Robert Frost have propounded a transcendent realm peopled by the souls of humans yet unborn. Preexistence, or pre-mortal existence, has been invoked to explain the human yearning for transcendence and the sublime, as well as the sensation of alienation and the indelible sadness of human existence.
Author Terryl L. Givens. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Line upon Line By Terryl L. Givens · February 24, 2010 Lives lived in pre-mortal realms have explained convincingly the uncannily.
When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought. By Terryl L. Givens · February 24, 2010. Latter-day Saints usually think of pre-existence as a doctrine unique to Mormonism, known to Abraham and alluded to by Wordsworth in an oft-cited poem, but otherwise long lost to the Christian world. In actual fact, belief in the soul’s pre-mortal existence constitutes a rich if largely forgotten tradition in Western thought. Lives lived in pre-mortal realms have explained convincingly the uncannily instantaneous bonds between friends and between lovers, forged so profoundly they seem to possess their own mysterious prehistory.
Virtually all adherents of Western religions believe in post-mortal existence. Givens chronicles varying interpretations of preexistence across some thirty centuries and countless European and American social settings. Yet relatively few believe in pre-mortal existence despite the fact that this theological notion has surfaced repeatedly over the last three thousand years of Western philosophical and theological thought.
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