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Life After Death

Are we just a physical body? Do we have a soul? Have we both?
o Materialism ­ we are just a physical body
o Idealism ­ matter is an illusion mind is what is important
o Dualism ­ the body and soul are separate but work together…

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Spiritualism (mediums)
Neardeath experiences (NDEs)
Dr. Raymond Moody ­ Life after Life 1975
o Descriptions ­ more than just coincidences
o Common features
o Problems with IotS
Where does the soul go when the body dies?
(But Christianity: if forgiven by God, you go to heaven)
Can souls…

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As one could never achieve summum bonum in a single
lifetime God is morally obliged to grant people eternal life ­
without eternity, morality is rendered pointless "the summum
bonum is only possible on the presupposition of the immortality
of the soul"
o Miguel de Unamuno
Humans live…

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This belief arose from when they were in exile in Babylon
Sadducees did not believe in life after death ­ they were the
rich Jews and didn't need an afterlife. Marx would have had a
field day with this lot...
o If there is resurrection, what is resurrected?
Implication of…

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Dharma ­ duties
Moksha ­ freedom liberation
Nirvana ­ nice state of being (heavenish)
o Buddhist idea ­ Dalai Lama
o Origins of Buddhism
Siddhartha Gautama (the enlightened one/Buddha) ­ lived
2500 years ago
The existing belief was Hinduism (at least, that's what we label
Beliefs: connected to…


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