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10/25/06: The Afterlife, the Living and the Dead

Carlos M.N. Eire is the Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University.

By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, UT – Yale historian Carlos Eire says in the Western world we didn't always keep death at a distance or confine it to another dimension. The Protestant Reformation though changed our view of the afterlife, and denied that the living could do anything for the dead or that the dead could intercede for the living. Eire is in Utah to deliver the McMurrin Lecture on Culture and Religion, and joins Doug for a look about what this means for our modern impressions of death.

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