Life After Death: The Evidence

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Overview

Life After Death: The Evidence

Is death the end? Or, as bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza argues, do the latest discoveries in physics and neuroscience, the most convincing philosophical deductions, and the most likely conclusions from anthropology and biology lend increasing credibility to the prospect of life after death?

Life After Death: The Evidence presents a reasoned, scientifically based case that life after death is more than possible, it is highly probable. Indeed it has far more evidence on its side than atheistic arguments about death marking our complete and utter extinction. In a stunning tour de force, D’Souza reveals:

How modern science lays the groundwork for a science-based belief in life after death The distinctions between mind and brain&#8212and why it is perfectly reasonable to assume that your immaterial consciousness can survive the dissolution of your material body The great atheist philosopher who provided one of the most ingenious proofs for the likelihood of an afterlife How the theory of evolution, far from undercutting the idea of life after death, supports it The evidence of Near Death Experiences&#8212what it tells us, what it doesn’t Why the Christian view of the afterlife is the most compelling and best suits the evidence What the probability of life after death means for our lives before death

Provocative, and combining a mastery of the arguments from philosophy, physics, and biology with an incisive analysis of how the world’s major religions have viewed the afterlife, D’Souza shows why we can expect that what Shakespeare called the “undiscovered country” will be discovered by us all.

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Editorial Reviews

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“A brilliant investigation of the fascinating and crucial issue of what happens when we die. It is an inquiry conducted on the basis of scholarship and reason and it provides a convincing answer that is explosive in its impact.”
--RICK WARREN, author of The Purpose Driven® Life

Library Journal
The only thing certain about death is that it comes to everybody. Using a "just the facts" approach that aims to appeal to scientists, atheists, and people of all religions, conservative D'Souza (dir., Y God Inst.; What's So Great About Christianity) sets out to demonstrate from a secular viewpoint that there is life after death. He has purposefully left out religious doctrine, supernatural forces, and sacred text, but he hopes to appeal to both seekers and fence-sitters. After an overview, D'Souza presents three reasonable arguments from the viewpoints of neuroscience, philosophy, and morality. Then he examines the possibility of life after death according to theories from brain science, physics, biology, psychology, history, and philosophy. D'Souza discusses the practical benefits of life after death and the reasons that support its existence. He summons expert testimony, accounts of near-death experiences, and quotes from scientists, philosophers, and others as needed. VERDICT The book will encourage thought and discussion not just among Christians but among seekers and the scientifically curious. However, it may be most appreciated by those who are already fans of D'Souza or Rick Warren, who provides the foreword. Suitable for both academic and general readers.—Cynde Suite, Bartow Cty. P.L. Syst., Cartersville, GA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596980990
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/2/2009
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 223,038
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dinesh D’Souza is cofounder and director of the Y God Institute. Formerly he was a White House policy analyst and fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. The author of several best-selling books, including Illiberal Education , What’s So Great About America , and What’s So Great About Christianity , he lives in Rancho Santa Fe, California, with his wife Dixie and their daughter Danielle. His websites are: dineshdsouza.com, ygodinstitute.org.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Rick Warren Warren, Rick

Ch. 1 Let's Stop Pretending: The Big Question, Considered in a New Way 1

Ch. 2 Vendors of Unbelief: Atheist False Advertising 19

Ch. 3 A Universal Longing: Two Types of Immortality 35

Ch. 4 View from the Edge: Exploring Near-Death Experiences 53

Ch. 5 The Physics of Immortality: Multiple Universes and Unseen Realms 73

Ch. 6 Undeniable Teleology: The Plot of Evolution 91

Ch. 7 The Spiritual Brain: Finding the Soul within the Body 107

Ch. 8 The Immaterial Self: How Consciousness Can Survive Death 127

Ch. 9 Out of This World: Philosophy Discovers the Afterlife 145

Ch. 10 The Impartial Spectator: Eternity and Cosmic Justice 165

Ch. 11 Good for Society: The Transcendent Roots of Secular Values 185

Ch. 12 Good for You: The Practical Benefits of Belief 201

Ch. 13 Life Everlasting: Eternity Right Now 219

Acknowledgments 237

Notes 239

Index 259

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    evidence for the christian faith

    "life after death the evidence" is a very fasinating book. the arthur dinish d souza presents some amazing research and facts to show that there is proof of the after life and the writer also challenges many athiests claims of agaist the christian faith. this bestseller also has many awnsers from science to document the after life and give a great account of facual data for the after life and back up the christian accounts. great gift idea for a family or friend very hard to put down.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2009

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    Finally, it all went "click"

    I have read many books on near death experiences, as well as Christian History, many articles on the scientific denial and they all presented separate arguments but hardly mentioning the opposition. This book lays out, argues and I think proves the common sense underlying the issue of life after death.

    After finishing the book, the whole issue went "click" and all the pieces fit together. It is the book to read in order to follow all arguments on all sides of the issues.

    Another great book by Dinish D'Sousa

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2010

    Evidence for life after death?....I did not see the evidence

    "Life After Death" was certainly an interesting read. If nothing else, it was a great survey of philosophical thought. Mr. D'Sousa covered the philosophy (or at least certain aspects) of David Hume, George Berkeley, Immanuel Kant and many others. However, his evidence for an afterlife was sorely lacking despite his dicussions of philosophical concepts. It appeared that he spent most of his time engaging in arguments with atheists and Atheism in general. His primary objective seemed to be to undermine a non theistic/materialist view of the world. Mr. D'Sousa discussed the multiverse theory and how it could hold the possiblity for life after death. He also went into some detail discussing NDE's. Nevertheless, he did not provide any concrete evidence for an afterlife through either one of these avenues. Though the book was fairly interesting, I would say that its content really did not match the title. I give it two stars for being an interesting philosophical survey, but I can't recommend it beyond that.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2009

    A Must-Read

    Be sure to put this on your Christmas list if you haven't read it yet. D'souza makes a compelling case for the plausibility and probability for an afterlife, as well as the value of believing in one.

    Assembling arguments from the greatest philosophers, scientists, and thinkers of all time, this book is all meat and no fluff. I can't recommend it highly enough. Do yourself a favor and read it and get everyone you know to read it as well.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2009

    Fascinating Take

    Dinesh D'Souza gives an entirely different take on the afterlife in this thoughtful, scholarly yet easy to read book. This is not a book of sermons about heaven. In fact, the Bible is not the basis for this discussion. He meets the new atheists on their own ground and proves beyond a reasonable doubt the afterlife exists. It is compelling reading as D'Souza handles one of the most perplexing questions humans face...what's comes after this life? I highly recommend it even if the reader is not a Christian.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2009

    A great read, written by an intellectual in common, easy to understand language.

    I found this book excellent by approaching the subject from a vantage point more acceptable to someone who is skeptical about the afterlife, and perhaps even athiestic. Mr D'Souza has a good sense of humor along with a deep, logical intellect. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in exploring a different angle on whether or not we continue to exist after death.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 25, 2009

    A New Approach

    Dinesh has tackled a topic which is elusive and challenging. He has overcome most scientific barriers and Christian misconceptions. His approach to the subject is different than any other book he has written. In it's narrative introductory form it compels the reader with curiosity with his own families experience, which really hooks the reader from the first page! The evidence is clearly and logically presented. Dinesh is definitely one of today's greatest thinkers.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2009

    Clear and Indepth Presentation

    Outstanding!!!! Dinesh states the issues very clearly. He states the case against without prejudice and then his own case. His argumentation process is clear and deeply penetrating. My own thought processes were "stretched" as I read this book. This is one of my ALL Time favorite books. Highly recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    A Huge Disappointment

    I was excited by the title, particularly "The Evidence" part, when I saw the book on display at Barnes & Noble. Then I watched the author interviewed by Bill O'Reilly and thought, "This must be a revolutionary book of relevant, exciting, never-heard-before information." (I was hooked by the thought of "evidence", although O'Reilly didn't seem enchanted).
    The first few chapters were rather interesting but mostly pedantic. I held out for some additional human interest "evidence" relative to personal experience and/or the world's religions and kept reading, but the book became more and more scientific and technical. Eventually I was rapidly flipping pages. Then chapter after chapter became yawning scans.
    The last chapter held my interest.
    Whereupon reaching the end, I dropped the book in the waste basket (first time I have ever done this with a book), knowing there was no point in even donating it to Goodwill. I just couldn't imagine this book holding interest for anyone. Even a scientist.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    Thoughtful, Logical, Well Considered

    Very intelligetly written. This is not a feel good book about people who have gone to the light. Instead it is a logical proof for life after death. The reader will come to learn how it is not only possible, but truly real. D'Souza is convincing. Nicely written. Great Book. Great thinker.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2009

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    A must read for both Seekers and Believers alike

    An organized look at the available non-Biblical "evidence" that points one to the conclusion that this life on earth as we know it may not be the only one we have.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 23, 2009

    A syllabus

    Based on a radio interview I purchased Life after Death with a certain but incorrect expectation. What I found was scholarship, bullet point examples and an 'outside in' presentation. As a PhD of a discipline lightly touched by Mr. D'Souza's evidentiary research I came away fascinated by the number of 'notes to self' I'd accumulated after just 235 pages, the extent of this book. My best review is to admit his presentation is, for me, a syllabus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Evidence is all you will truly have....

    ...without full truth. Dinesh's argument for truth in evidence is hard to not accept....to be truthful about it.

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  • Posted September 25, 2010

    A must Read!

    A subject that may seem hokey to many at first is presented in a way that draws the reader in.
    The author presents his case as an attorney would present a court case and by the time he gets to his closing arguments the evidence is overwhelming .

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Thought provoking

    Interesting evidence for life after death.

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  • Posted November 25, 2009

    Dinesh D'Souza's Life After Death-The Evidence.

    Finally, a book that takes on the sientific proof of life after death.
    D'Souza is excellent in his in-depth facts, a true answer to all skeptics and atheists. It was compelling, authorative, and accurate in every respect and detail. He leaves no wake of doubt in the trail he sets to the book's conclusion.
    A Must Read!!!!!!!
    Farful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2009

    Dinesh does it again!

    Always challenging yet winsome, Dinesh makes me think and touches my heart.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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