What did the early church (1st/2nd century AD) believe regarding the consciousness of the dead? Did early Christians believe that a person would remain conscious after their spirit has departed from their body?

Can unambiguous claims be found, either for or against the dead being conscious, from an apostolic father or any other notable Christian figure, during the first two centuries of Christianity?

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What is the biblical basis for the belief that the spirit of a person remains conscious after death?

  • What biblical basis do you have for the belief that the spirit departs from the body at death?
    – Kris
    Jan 13 at 4:09
  • @Kris - Ecclesiastes 12:7, Psalm 146:4, Acts 7:59, Mark 15:37, Genesis 25:8, etc. Jan 13 at 4:14
  • Sorry I meant you should add a scriptural reference to your question
    – Kris
    Jan 13 at 4:27

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