Life after Death, Reincarnation, Resurrection and Immortality of the Soul

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Life after Death, Reincarnation, Resurrection and Immortality of the Soul


Belief in life after death has taken many forms, some which are unique
in particular religious belief systems, though; others can be found in
more than one religion. 'For most religions, life after death is an
article of faith. In Western religions, the belief is founded in
scriptural evidence, but for all religions the belief in life after
death is the same: life after death has been promised to humans by an
all powerful'[1]

There are many views of life after death in particular which have been
much adhered to and much discussed by philosophers. This essay will
attempt to put forward some of the key ideas and arguments
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And if human beings can exist without their bodies then the view that
they can survive death seems a plausible one. We normally think of
death as the end of a person's bodily life. But if people are distinct
from their bodies, then the fact that their body dies does not entail
that they die.

This view that the body can survive as a disembodied state does not
lack modern supporters. According to Richard Swimburne it is coherent
to suppose that a person can exist without a body. Swimburne argues
that if X can be without Y then X and Y are distinct. This view that a
people are essentially other that their bodies is referred to dualism.
There are a number of points, which seem to go in favour of this view
on life after death. For one there is the fact that we often naturally
talk as if our real selves were distinct from our bodies- as for
instance, when we say we have bodies and as when we agree that we can
be the same person over a number of years even though our bodily make-
up has dramatically changed in the meantime.

Other views for life after death, which fit into the motion of
dualism, include the immortality of the soul and the reincarnation of
a person.

Firstly, reincarnation is a view of life after death in the Hindu and
Buddhist traditions. 'The view is held that we have lived many lives
before and that, on death, we will be…