Life After Death: The Evidence

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Unlike many books about the afterlife, Life after Death makes no appeal to religious faith, divine revelation, or sacred texts. Drawing on some of the most powerful theories and trends in physics, evolutionary biology, science, philosophy, and psychology, D'Souza shows why the atheist critique of immortality is irrational and draws the striking conclusion that it is reasonable to believe in life after death. He concludes by showing how life after death can give depth and significance to this life, a path to ...
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Unlike many books about the afterlife, Life after Death makes no appeal to religious faith, divine revelation, or sacred texts. Drawing on some of the most powerful theories and trends in physics, evolutionary biology, science, philosophy, and psychology, D'Souza shows why the atheist critique of immortality is irrational and draws the striking conclusion that it is reasonable to believe in life after death. He concludes by showing how life after death can give depth and significance to this life, a path to happiness, and reason for hope.
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Editorial Reviews

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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“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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621572824
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/3/2015
  • Pages: 269

Meet the Author


Dinesh D'Souza has had a twenty-five-year career as a writer, scholar, and public intellectual. A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House, D'Souza also served as John M. Olin Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the Robert and Karen Rishwain Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He served as the president of The King's College in New York City from 2010 to 2012. One of his many bestselling books, Obama's America, climbed to the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. He lives in California.
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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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