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The Evolution of the Soul$
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Richard Swinburne

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198236986

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198236980.001.0001

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The Future of the Soul

The Future of the Soul

(p.298) 15. The Future of the Soul
The Evolution of the Soul

Richard Swinburne (Contributor Webpage)

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Evidence of ‘near‐death’ experiences, parapsychology, and claims of reincarnation do not constitute very good evidence that human souls survive the death of their bodies. Nor are there good philosophical arguments for the natural immortality of souls. Yet there are no natural laws connecting the existence or functioning of a soul with the existence or functioning of a body. Only an argument via some very general metaphysical theory could show what happens to a soul after death – e.g. an argument to a God who has revealed what happens.

Keywords:   afterlife, God, immortality, life after death, near‐death experiences, parapsychology, reincarnation, soul

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