What happens to us when we die? It’s a question that has been debated for centuries, moulded through time to fit our ever changing views.
Many religions teach that how we act in our life will determine where we will end up after life. If you follow religious teachings and adhere to their ethical standards, you will be rewarded and spend an eternity in heaven. If not, you will be punished and forced to spend forever in hell.
Modern science, however, will tell you a completely different story: fanciful, hopeful tales of an afterlife are both rationally explainable and lacking in evidence.
Theologian Matthew O’Neil demonstrates that the contemporary religious view of the afterlife is far from what our ancestors envisioned. Subjecting both original Scripture and contemporary faith to the rigours of modern science and rational philosophy, he seeks to answer one of humanities most famous puzzles: what happens After Life?
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Table of ContentsPrologue i
Heaven In the Hebrew Bible 1
Heaven in the New Testament 24
After the Bible 38
Hell in the Hebrew Bible 45
New Testament 50
After the Bible 72
Resurrection In the Hebrew Bible 82
New Testament 91
After the Bible 105
Soul in the Hebrew Bible 110
New Testament 115
Philosophical Arguments for the Afterlife 120
Arguments for the Soul 122
A Philosophical Argument for Resurrection 135
Body and Mind 139
What Do We Want? 149
The Science of the Afterlife 156
What Happens When We Die? 156
The Soul 162
Near Death Experiences 173
Quantum Field Theory 183
What Science Says Happens When We Die 192
The Light at the End of the Tunnel 205
Chapter 7: Facing Death as a Non-Believer 213