Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Has Dinesh D'Souza proven there is life after death?

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American readers will know all too well who Dinesh D'Souza is, while readers here in Britain may remember that he was the recipient of our inaugural Bad Faith Award in 2007, having said "Notice something interesting about the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings? Atheists are nowhere to be found".

Basically he's an Indian-American conservative Catholic commentator, whose bibliography includes such titles as What’s So Great About Christianity (clue: in his view, a lot) and The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11. And now he's written a book entitled Life After Death: The Evidence, in which he claims to draw "on some of the most powerful theories and trends in physics, evolutionary biology, science, philosophy, and psychology" and "shows why the atheist critique of immortality is irrational". Or, in other words, and as title suggests, provide the scientific evidence for an afterlife.

Well, if the book's from the Ronseal Woodstain school of doing exactly what it says on the tin, it must be quite a read, I'm sure you'll agree. With that in mind, we can turn to a review of Life After Death: The Evidence by Jerry Adler in Newsweek. Has D'Souza finally put paid to the age-old argument of where we all go when we leave this life behind. To give you an idea, here's Adler's summary of one of D'Souza's arguments:
"D'Souza turns to his advantage one of the atheists' favorite arguments, God's apparent tolerance for human suffering. Precisely because evil so often goes unpunished in this world, he asserts, the moral code must reflect another reality, in which souls are judged, punished, or rewarded after death. 'The postulate of an afterlife enables us to make sense of this life,' he writes. It worked for Dante, didn't it?"
Probably not time to start planning for eternity just yet, then...

3 comments:

Irregular Shed said...

Prof Brian Cox, on Robert Llewellyn's excellent online show CarPool, explained how there can't be an afterlife because otherwise fridges wouldn't work. (I liked that.) If this book is correct, I'm going to be looking at my fridge very carefully.

Eiskrystal said...

I can think of nothing more dehumanising and demoralising than treating this wonderful universe as nothing more than a waiting room where time spent means nothing. How is THAT supposed to give our lives purpose and meaning?

Neuroskeptic said...

I don't know if there is life after death per se but this book has convinced me that there is life after brain death.