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Life After Death: The Evidence Hardcover – November 2, 2009
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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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Is death the end? Or, as bestselling author Dinesh D’Souza argues, do the latest discoveries in physics and neuroscience, the most convincing philosophical deductions, and the most likely conclusions from anthropology and biology lend increasing credibility to the prospect of life after death?
Life After Death: The Evidence presents a reasoned, scientifically based case that life after death is more than possible, it is highly probable. Indeed it has far more evidence on its side than atheistic arguments about death marking our complete and utter extinction. In a stunning tour de force, D’Souza reveals:
How modern science lays the groundwork for a science-based belief in life after death
The distinctions between mind and brain—and why it is perfectly reasonable to assume that your immaterial consciousness can survive the dissolution of your material body
The great atheist philosopher who provided one of the most ingenious proofs for the likelihood of an afterlife
How the theory of evolution, far from undercutting the idea of life after death, supports it
The evidence of Near Death Experiences—what it tells us, what it doesn’t
Why the Christian view of the afterlife is the most compelling and best suits the evidence
What the probability of life after death means for our lives before death
Provocative, and combining a mastery of the arguments from philosophy, physics, and biology with an incisive analysis of how the world’s major religions have viewed the afterlife, D’Souza shows why we can expect that what Shakespeare called the undiscovered country” will be discovered by us all.
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This being said, there are things the 1-star reviewers have mentioned that I agree with. The first, I think has been alluded to if not stated outright: The Title. I think it's misleading. Life After Death: The Evidence. Seems pretty general. But it's anything but. It should have been titled Life After Death: Reason for Belief from a Christian Perspective or something to that effect. Also, I don't know if I like the term 'evidence' as its used. Semantically, it sets up the expectation that the book will be mostly data-centered when the book, though comprehensive, is mostly rhetorical.
What I did not appreciate - which a few of the 1-star reviewers point out - is Dinesh's underhanded arrogance in dragging his tied-and-gagged colleagues to center stage only to ridicule them. I don't know him - so I might be projecting and maybe those he throws under the bus do not take offense?Read more ›
D'Souza has spent much of the last decade debating the foremost atheists like Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Daniel Dennett on the validity of atheist claims that all religions are complete nonsense and in fact damaging to society. I've also seen some of his debates on C-Span, YouTube and BookTV. D'Souza's knowledge of atheism and debating skills are definitely impressive. The following statement from atheist Christopher Hitchens appears on the back cover of this book: "Never one to be daunted by attempting the impossible, Dinesh D'Souza here shows again the argumentative skills that make him such a formidable opponent."
In this book, D'Souza attempts to look for proof of life after death using only the atheist's tools, science and logic. He begins by making some pretty bold assertions in chapter one. D'Souza boldly claims he will successfully dismantle the atheist's arguments and show religious beliefs concerning the afterlife are equally or even a better answer to scientific discoveries and assumptions about the possibility and even the probability of a material and immaterial reality. After reading this, I really thought he was setting himself up for certain failure.Read more ›
However, if the atheist presses any further on the matter, most Christians would readily throw up their hands and concede with this refrain:
"I just know, ok? I know it doesn't all add up, but I can just feel that it's true deep down inside. That's enough to convince me."
Don't get me wrong. Personal experience is important -- as are fulfilled prophecies and archeological artifacts -- but the problem with arguing on these premises is that such matters seem utterly silly and unconvincing to your average nonbeliever. Unfortunately, the Church is fond of gathering evidence only so far as their own needs and curiosities require.
It is this type of Christian apologetics that Dinesh D'Souza hopes to enrich in his new book, Life After Death: The Evidence.
Although most of D'Souza's analysis is focused on proving the existence of an afterlife rather than simply the existence of God, many of his arguments could be used to support both propositions. What is clear, however, is that D'Souza's apologetics are far from the Christian norm.
"We speak one kind of language in church," D'Souza says, "and must learn to speak another while making our case in secular culture."
But what kind of "language" is that?
"I want to engage atheism and reductive materialism on their own terms, and to beat them at their own game...Read more ›
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Very well written. Easy to understand the concept. He is one of my favorite authors.Published 17 days ago by Cheri K. Balderston
D'Souza offers 13 interesting chapters, ties the evidence together and drawing conclusions that reflect the evidence. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JohnCARLO Chicago
If you have questions here are the answers as to life after death.Published 2 months ago by Rita Marshall
I found myself literally shaking my head in puzzlement different times as the author concluded a paragraph with the declaration that he was correct, when all I saw was fallacies... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Matthew Beachy
Book Review of Life After Death the Evidence
by Dinesh D’Souza
Regnory, Washington, D.C., 2009
In my New York debate on “Is Christianity the... Read more
This is not an easy read and is likely too complex for most people to follow, getting into quantum mechanics and string theory, in addition to complex philosophical arguments. Read morePublished 3 months ago by sylsweet
Uh, d'sousa seems to misunderstand the word EVIDENCE. Thats okay. DD is just in it for the fleecing of the rubes.Published 3 months ago by tbone57
Some of the chapters might have been good introductions to evidence. No evidence was presented. Other chapters were nothing more than an effort to assign religion/God as the only... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dunlop 65