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Describe and explain the main evidence given by a believer to prove that there is life after death.

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Emma-Jane Wright Mr McLean (a) Describe and explain the main evidence given by a believer to prove that there is life after death. All philosophers agree on one thing; that our earthly life in our physical form will come to an end. 'The complete and permanent cessation of all vital functions in a living creature' this is a definition of death, and philosophers believe this. However there is a huge disagreement whether or not this is the end of life. Many accept death as the end, others would argue that death is not the end of life, and we continue in some form after death. There are many different ideas of the form that life after death might take. Materialists who accept life after death would argue that survival after death would have to include the resurrection of the body. As our physical bodies decay, then after death we will have to receive a replica body. A well known philosopher who supports this idea is John Hick. He believed that our minds are inseparable from our bodies, and so when we die we are re-born in some other body. However there is another idea that many people accept, dualists believe in the immortality of the soul. ...read more.

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When an individual dies, the energy field may retain his or her image, and may be perceived as a ghost. He considered the ghost to be an individual's consciousness, manifesting itself through the remaining energy. Others argue that ghosts are apparently manifestations of dead people. There have been sightings at the same place, by different people, at different times, so people believe them not to be hallucinations. Another piece of evident is spiritualism; it is the belief that it is possible to communicate with separate spirits. Many mediums (an individual who is believed to have the ability to receive messages from those in the spirit world and pass them on to the living) have passed on messages from departed spirits that contain accurate information, which was previously unknown to the medium. These sorts of messages give comfort to those who have lost someone, because they feel they are living on in another dimension, and one day they will join them. It is easy to see why people would say that this is a proof that there is life after death. Lastly there is one other possible application of cryogenics, where which they freeze terminally ill patients, who are near death, to preserve their body. This is so when a medical cure is invented the frozen body is revived from this state of 'suspended animation.' ...read more.

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There is evidence to support both points of view. When it comes to sightings of dead people say that if a ghost is not a sighting of a dead person, then other explanations for the phenomenon include; hoaxes or elaborate tricks could make people think that they have seen a ghost. And also ghosts could be the result in mistaken identity, or the power of suggestion could lead to the mistaken belief that a ghost has been sighted. Regression of past lives - not all investigators accept these 'memories' as evidence of reincarnation, and other reasons are put forward to explain why an individual possesses such knowledge. The question arises as to whether memories of a former life can be classes as 'proof' of earlier lives. For all we know the individual could be recalling memories of their childhood and just mistaking them for a past life. Or there could be a culture gene that passes down information about the lives of our ancestors. And there is that some memories may result from physiological problems, and have been manifested as memories of earlier lives when I fact they are just suppressed events of this life. To conclude the idea that there is a life after death or whether it is all just wishful thinking is, at the present time, a balanced argument. There is no sufficient evidence to prove whether it is true or not true. ...read more.

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