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Modern science not only makes life after death plausible, the idea that we may survive beyond physical death is consistent with the most cutting-edge scientific discoveries.
This bold idea is just one of the thought-provoking topics that Dinesh D’Souza explores in his book, Life After Death: The Evidence. There are many others as D’Souza builds a case that belief in life beyond death is entirely reasonable. Though D’Souza is a Christian, he offers a thoughtful, fascinating read that will engage believer and non-believer alike. This probably explains why figures as different as Rick Warren and the late Christopher Hitchens endorsed the book when it was published in 2009.
Here’s a quick snapshot of D’Souza’s main conclusions:
• When considering the issue of life after death, the atheist and the believer are on a level playing-field of knowledge.
• The belief in life after death is virtually universal, across all time and cultures, which is not easily explained unless life after death is a possibility.
• Near death experiences are widespread, widely studied and have common characteristics. Taken together, these make life in some form after death a possibility. At the very least, they suggest some people’s consciousness survives death.
• Proposed scenarios for life after death are in line with respectable science, as well as the growing body of scientific research and philosophical understandings related to human identity.
• Morality, which he defines as the “voice within” is universal, contrary to scientific materialism, and points towards a cosmic justice beyond our current physical life.
These are only headline conclusions of the book. D’Souza carefully shows the reader how he arrived at these conclusions, as well as argues the benefits of belief. Along the way, he engages opposing views from the most important angles, addresses problem areas and does not overstate the evidence supporting his ideas.
If you’ve ever thought about what happens when we die, Life After Death is well-worth a read. It may not answer all your questions, but it will give you well-reasoned food for thought.
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