thought about death and resurrection. The New Testament is not about conjuring away death, but rather about suffering and overcoming death.378

"As the event of accomplished non-relationality, death is the exact opposite of the release of a kind of indestructible personal core and, even more so, the exact opposite of a human act of self-perfection or self-essen-tification. In death, the human being is annihilated."379 The reference to the immortality of the soul380 as an answer to the question of the preservation of identity in death and resurrection is to be met with skepticism.381 It raises more questions than it answers.382 Furthermore, the notion of the immortality of the soul expresses an exclusively anthropocentric understanding of death. Animals, plants, and stars also die—a reality that is not considered in any of the theological schemes on death that have been mentioned here.

To the extent that the conception of death as transition relativizes death per se, the character of eternity, as something radically different from time, is eroded. Eternity becomes a kind of prolonged time, an eternalized time. This outlook lacks the possibility of making eternity conceivable as the Other of time.

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