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Belief in life after death is only coherent if we believe in resurrection. Discuss

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Belief in life after death is only coherent if we believe in resurrection. Discuss The belief in life after death can only be discussed coherently once you have firstly established the mind-body problem, and secondly identified the problem of personal identity. The mind-body problem questions how the mental and physical aspects of a human being are related, or in other words, how the body and the mind are related. Dualists, such as Descartes, hold that the body and soul are separable and can exist independently. Descartes maintained in his theory of interactionism that since minds and bodies are so metaphysically different, they cannot causally interact with each other, despite being able to exercise their influence on one another. Monists, on the other hand, believe that the body and soul are inseparable and cannot exist without one another. Essentially monists are materialists, holding that the only form of existence is physical and therefore it is not possible to talk about the existence of the soul separate from the body. ...read more.


they have the same memories, aims and personality. On the other hand, believers in resurrection can appeal to both approaches. A person can survive death just by showing some indication of physical continuity with a person who passed before, and it does not matter whether or not there is an additional indication of mental continuity. However, according to Peter Geach, traditional platonic dualists and believers in reincarnation must accept that personal identity is not due to the memory criterion and those differences of memories or of aims can not comprise the difference between two disembodied minds or spirits. This type of spirit feels no pain, has no thoughts and therefore is not physical and has no mind or brain. It is entirely dehumanized. In its disembodied state, only a remnant of a given person survives, just enough to preserve some sort of physical or mental continuity, but not enough to constitute life after death on the basis of memory criterion or to differentiate between it, and that of another. ...read more.


If someone's soul does not unite with its body and come to life by 'resurrection', then only a mental remnant of him survives death, and he does not live. This belief is inline with that of the traditional Christian one. Resurrection is central to the system; it acts as a guarantee that all Christians will be resurrected, and is represented in the depiction of the 'firstfruits' in 1 Corinthians 15:3. Whilst the present body is perishable, weak and dishonourable, the resurrected body is glorious, powerful and immortal. Therefore, to conclude, I would agree with the given contention that belief in life after death is only coherent if we believe in resurrection, despite the problem at first appearing to be a subjective matter. Believers in resurrection can appeal to every solution where the mind-body problem and the problem of personal identity are concerned, and as argued by Peter Geach, even dualists/ believers in reincarnation must return to resurrection to coherently justify life after death. Consequently, in my view, only the possibility of resurrection provides any hope for life after death, ?? ?? ?? ?? Sophie Hicks ...read more.

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