By Dinesh D'Souza
Not like many books in regards to the afterlife, lifestyles after loss of life makes no attract spiritual religion, divine revelation, or sacred texts. Drawing on one of the most robust theories and developments in physics, evolutionary biology, technology, philosophy, and psychology, D Souza exhibits why the atheist critique of immortality is irrational and attracts the impressive end that it truly is moderate to think in lifestyles after dying. He concludes via exhibiting how lifestyles after demise may give intensity and value to this lifestyles, a route to happiness, and reason behind wish.
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The absence of evidence is evidence of nothing. How do atheists respond? Basically, they say that to give up reason and evidence, even in situations that seem outside the bounds of reason and evidence, is to open the door to all kinds of craziness. Should we start believing in unicorns and centaurs on the grounds that there is no way to disprove them? The philosopher Bertrand Russell gave the example of a celestial teapot that is said to rove the solar system but is undetectable by all scientific instruments.
Socrates lived around the time of a great flourishing of religion throughout the world, a period that scholars have called the Axial Age. This period, around the fifth century BC, witnessed the spread of Zoroastrianism in Persia, Confucianism and Taoism in China, and Buddhism in India. Hinduism and Judaism also Life After Death _4p:Layout 1 44 9/23/09 4:04 PM Page 44 LIFE AFTER DEATH entered a new phase of their development. ” But there is nothing peculiar in the notion that religious ideas evolve or that our understanding of heaven has a history.
This is a striking convergence of views that demands explanation. Of course it is easy to downplay the universality of belief in life after death by saying that it merely reflects primitive explanations of nature. But anthropologists insist that it does not make sense to understand the religious beliefs of prehistoric and preliterate societies in this way. Consider the belief of many ancient peoples Life After Death _4p:Layout 1 A Universal Longing 9/23/09 4:04 PM Page 41 41 that the skies are patrolled by a multitude of gods.