Life After Death: The Evidence

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Life After Death: The Evidence

Format:  Hardcover,

269 pages

Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services

Publish Date: Nov 2009

ISBN-13: 9781596980990

ISBN-10: 1596980990

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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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Publisher: Perseus Distribution Services
Publish Date: Nov 2009
ISBN-13: 9781596980990
ISBN-10: 1596980990
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 269
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.0
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Biography of D'Souza, Dinesh

Dinesh D'Souza was born on April 25, 1961 in Mumbai, Mahrashtra, India. He came to the U.S. in 1978 and attended Union High School in Patagonia, Arizonia. He then went on to Dartmouth College where he graduated Phi beta Kappa in English in 1983. While attending Dartmouth, he became the editor of a conservative monthly called The Prospect. The paper ignited controversy during Dinesh D'Souza's editorship by criticizing the College's affirmative action policies.

He also became known as a writer for the Dartmounth Review which was subsidized by several right-wing organizations. After Dartmouth he moved to Washington, D.C. where he was an editor of Policy Review, an influential conservative journal. In 1988 he moved on to serve as an advisor in Ronald Regan's White House. He joined the American Enterprise Institute in 1989 where he was the institute's John M. Olin fellow. He has written several political commentaries such as Letters to a Young Conservative, Illiberal Education, and The End of Racism. He has also appeared on several news shows as a political commentator such as: CNN, Glen Beck, and ABC's Nightline.

Chapter outline

Forewordp. ix
Let's Stop Pretending: The Big Question, Considered in a New Wayp. 1
Vendors of Unbelief: Atheist False Advertisingp. 19
A Universal Longing: Two Types of Immortalityp. 35
View from the Edge: Exploring Near-Death Experiencesp. 53
The Physics of Immortality: Multiple Universes and Unseen Realmsp. 73
Undeniable Teleology: The Plot of Evolutionp. 91
The Spiritual Brain: Finding the Soul within the Bodyp. 107
The Immaterial Self: How Consciousness Can Survive Deathp. 127
Out of This World: Philosophy Discovers the Afterlifep. 145
The Impartial Spectator: Eternity and Cosmic Justicep. 165
Good for Society: The Transcendent Roots of Secular Valuesp. 185
Good for You: The Practical Benefits of Beliefp. 201
Life Everlasting: Eternity Right Nowp. 219
Acknowledgmentsp. 237
Notesp. 239
Indexp. 259

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2010-03-01)

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 (air., 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 ne uro science, 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

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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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Rated 3 out of 5★ by not interesting This book is far too scholarly and scientific to be interesting. The average reader is bored by it. I would NOT recommend this book. I wasted my money. 01/23/2010
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