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Beyond Death: Exploring the Evidence for Immortality Paperback – April, 1998

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Gary R. Habermas, Ph.D., chairs the Department of Philosophy and Theology at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He has written numerous books and articles on life-after-death issues. J. P. Moreland is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and Director of the Center for Christian Worldview and Spiritual Formation. He has authored, edited, or contributed papers to 30 books with publishers ranging from Oxford University Press, Routledge, Wadsworth, and Prometheus to InterVarsity and Zondervan. Among his books are 'Christianity and the Nature of Science', 'Does God Exist?' (with Kai Nielsen), 'The Creation Hypothesis', and 'Philosophical Naturalism: A Critical Analysis and Body and Soul'. He has also published over 30 magazine articles in such publications as 'Christianity Today' and 'Christian Research Journal', and over 60 journal articles in venues such as 'Philosophy and Phenomenological Research', 'American Philosophical Quarterly', 'Australian Journal of Philosophy', 'MetaPhilosophy', 'Pacific Philosophical Quarterly', 'Southern Journal of Philosophy', 'Religious Studies', and 'Faith and Philosophy'. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 462 pages
  • Publisher: Good News Publishers (April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891079998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891079996
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,962,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
It is both comprehensive and scholarly. Includes three sections: evidence for immortality, nature of immortality, and implications of immortality.
Begins with some foundational work on what exactly it means for something to be rational. Works through some traditional arguments for immortality and assesses them. Also covers the claims of Jesus and, significantly, it responds to the claims of athiest Michael Martin. Also discusses NDEs, heaven, and hell.
This book is written with a non-believer in mind. I don't know, however, how convincing it would be to a non-believer because it deals primarily with the mind and not the heart. Additionally, my encounters with non-believers reinforces to me that you can doubt anything, even when it is non-sensical to do so. Faith is an issue of the condition of you heart. What I do know is that the work done in this book is foundational to thinking about immortality, and that anyone seriously interested in this subject will be well served by reading it. I, personally, was able to expand my thinking.
In my experience, anything that JP Moreland puts his hand to is intellectually powerful and dangerous to the secular establishment.
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I have to say that this is a good book overall that helped me defend my faith better.

The first section, on the evidence for immortality, is the strongest in my opinion, especially in their case for substance dualism (the traditional soul-body distinction), which is critical for the Christian view of immortality, and refutation of physicalism (the idea that humans are reducible to matter alone).

I have to admit that, even after reading their chapters on Near Death Experiences (NDEs), I still remain a bit skeptical about them, although these chapters certainly gave me a lot to think about and I have to admit that they brought up good points.

Their section on the Resurrection of Jesus didn't provide much information that I didn't already know, but then again I've read book-length defenses of that already so I guess I can't blame the authors too much for that. It's still pretty good given their space, especially if you haven't read a defense of it before.

Their second section, on the nature of immortality, was probably the weakest of the three. It still has a lot of good information in it, but unfortunately it suffers from a bit of excessive speculation on the part of the authors. The chapter on reincarnation, which a surprising number of professing Christians believe in, is pretty useful though, and the chapter on the doctrine of hell brings up some really good points.

The third section, on the implications of immortality (if immortality is true, so what?), is really practical. It has really interesting, informative, and useful discussions on issues like euthanasia, abortion, end-of-life issues, living in light of eternity, fear of death, etc.
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Good book overall but the authors go to great pains to explain the pros and cons so some of it can leave you with info overload but definitely worth reading if you're interested in this topic. Very compelling true first hand accts of NDEs with remote viewing involved. Read it !!
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For anyone that knows the work of Gary Habermas, this is more of his good work in apologetics.
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Excellent book. A bit dry in areas but covers the topic well.
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