Saint Louis Art Museum Event

Panel Discussion

"Exploring Religious Beliefs of the Afterlife" 

     Speakers from left: David Oughton, Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, Mufti Asif Umar, Dr. Billie Mayo, Jack Sisk

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"Exploring Religious Beliefs of the Afterlife," a panel discussion, took place August 5, 2018 at The Farrell Auditorium at the Saint Louis Art Museum


Inspired by Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds, a major exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum, the panel shared conceptions of the afterlife in diverse faith traditions, including ancient Egypt, Judaism, Islam, the Baha'i Faith, and Hinduism.  


Co-presented by SLAM with Arts & Faith St. Louis with support from Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis.  


Our sincere appreciation to Batya Abramson-Goldstein, Chair of Arts & Faith St. Louis Community Engagement, who was instrumental in bringing this special panel together.  



Panelists included:


David Oughton, panel moderator and associate professor of theological studies at Saint Louis University and Vice President of the Board of Interfaith Partnership


Maharat Rori Picker Neiss, Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis


Mufti Asif Umar, Imam/Director of Religious Affairs, Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis, Daar-ul-Islam Mosque


Dr. Billie Mayo, Racial Justice leader and longtime member of the Baha’i Faith


Jack Sisk, Member, Hindu Temple of St. Louis and President, Living Insights Center



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Below is a "Selected Bibliography about Religious Teachings about Life after Death" made available at the panel. 


Moreman, Christopher. Beyond the Threshold: Afterlife Beliefs  and Experiences in World Religions.


Badham, Paul  and Linda, eds. Death and Immortality in the Religions of the World.


Kramer, Kenneth. The Sacred Art of Dying: How World Religions Understand Death.


Johnson, Christopher, and Marsha McGee, eds. How Different Religions View Death and Afterlife.


Segal, Alan. Life after Death: A History of the Afterlife in Western Religion.


Raphael, Simcha Paull. Jewish Views of the Afterlife.


Sonsino, Rifat,  and Daniel Syme. What Happens after I Die?: Jewish Views of Life after Death.


Kiing, Hans. Eternal Life? Life after Death as a Medical. Philosophical, and Theologlcal Problem.


Rahner, Karl.  On the Theology of Death.


Stendal, Krister, ed. Immortality and Resurrection.


Hick, John. Death and Eternal Life.


Smith, Jane Idelman and Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad. The Islamic Understanding of Death and Resurrection.


Stevenson, Ian. Children Who Remember Previous Lives: A Question of Reincarnation and Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect.


Tucker, Jim. Life before Life: Children's Memories of Previous Lives.


Shroder, Tom. Old Souls: Compelling Evidence fiom Children Who Remember  Past Lives.


O'Flaherty, Wendy Doniger, ed. Karma and Rebirth in Classical India.


Becker, Carl. Breaking the Circle: Death  and the Afterlife in Buddhism.


Rinbochay, Lati, and Jeffrey Hopkins.  Death, Intermediate  State, and Rebirth in Tibetan Buddhism.


Watts, Alan. Death.



Hebrew Scriptures:  Hosea 6: l-2; Isaiah 26: 19; Ezekiel  37: 4,11-13; Daniel 12:2-3; Ecclesiastes 12:7


Other ancient Jewish writings: Wisdom 2:23; Second Maccabees 7;9,23 and 12:43-44


Talmud: Abot 4: 21; Berakot 17a.


Christian Scriptures: Matthew 25 31-46 and 28: 1-20; Mark 12:  18-27 and 16: 1-20; Luke 24: l-53; John 11: 25-26  and John 20-21; First Corinthians 15; Philippians 3: 20-21.


Passages from the Qur'an: 3: 185;  10: 56; 23: 115-116;34 3-5;36:78-81;45:24-26; 50: 17-19;57:20;

87: 16-19.


Baha'i Faith: Gleanings of Baha'u'llah, #81; Baha'i World Faith, p.379;  Some Answered Questions, p.228; Tablets of Abdul-Baha. Abbas, 206; The Hidden Words, #32.


Hinduism: Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads.


Buddhism: Dhammapada and Tibetan Book of the Dead.


Taoism:  Chuang Tzu, 23 .


Ancient Egypt: The Egyptian Book of the  Dead.