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Život po smrti

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DSouzas book makes no appeal to religious faith, divine revelation, or sacred texts. Drawing on some of the most powerful theories and trends in physics, evolutionary biology, science, philosophy, and psychology, he shows why the atheist critique of immortality is irrational.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published 2010 by Ideál (first published November 1st 2009)
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John Martindale
This was really interesting, I came in pretty skeptical, thinking he was going to try and prove an afterlife (something I feel can't be done), but instead he just tried to show there is evidence, even from a secular point of view. i think D'Souza does a good job showing it's a reasonable belief to hold, and maybe even more reasonable then that which the atheist dogmatically proclaim with religious zeal. I couldn't help but be amused by his treatment of the new atheist, D'Souza has debated them a ...more
John
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In "Life After Death," Dinesh D'Souza says he can't present a case for the afterlife beyond all reasonable doubt (the standard in a criminal case), but can demonstrate that the preponderance of the evidence supports it (the standard in a civil case). He cites experiential, scientific, philosophic and moral arguments that he says point toward a life beyond this life. Along the way, he discusses everything from string theory to zombies.
He does so in a conversational style, explaining difficult co
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Hans
I was so skeptical about this book I almost didn't read it. I will admit out front that I have a bias against some religious books, especially Christian ones. The reason is that in the US the commercialization of Christianity has made me deeply suspicious of any book written by Christians about Christian themes. It is a sad fate because I do believe there are those out there who will gladly use religion to make a buck and others who are actually sincere, the difficult part is telling them apart. ...more
Christen
The author shows no respect for any beliefs or opinions other than his own; therefore, I do not respect him or his book. I usually give books the benefit of the doubt and have rarely not finished a book, but 10 pages was enough for me.
Judith
Mar 15, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gee, I wish i could be as certain of anything in this world as the author is of everything in the next world. To borrow a quote from Hemingway The Sun Also Rises), "Isn't it pretty to think so."
Alex Milledge
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a Philosophy Major in a University Philosophy Department that is inherently reductive materialist, I find this book to be chicken soup for the rationalist's soul.

I find the book title to be very misleading, since I find that D'Souza does not spend as much time on Life after death than discussing Scientific method and philosophy, where I find his most convincing arguments are made. I have yet to find Near-death Experiences as conclusive evidence for an afterlife since they are ethnocentric an
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Caren
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
My mother passed away last year and now, having lost both of my parents, and being past my prime myself, I can no longer ignore the fact that I am next up. This book is a bracing, deep, clear pool from which you cannot help but emerge more hopeful and enlightened. Mr. D'Souza is a Christian, but he only puts forth Christian theology on the afterlife in the very last chapter. Step by step, the other chapters look at near death experiences (including one had by his wife after a car accident), phys ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
This isn't a bad book. I suppose I should (as I've done before) in the spirit of complete disclosure point out that I'm a Christian. This book is argued from at least a nominally Christian point of view. A lot of people will find it frustrating of course. No matter your stance the problem of reading a book on a controversial topic is that when you see what you perceive as a flaw in an argument, you can't point it out or argue your point.

Atheists and some Theists alike will find problems here. He
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Terry
Jun 25, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book jacket said this was going to be based on science and philosophy ... and it was, to a point. It felt like the author was trying too hard to disprove atheism that he missed the chance to talk to people (the "fence sitters") who really are trying to figure out whether there is life after death and what that might entail. And his approach was too slanted toward Christianity. The author did make some good points, but he ignored some basic problems with his argument and didn't answer some of ...more
Chazzle
Jan 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is broader in scope than its title suggests, but for the most part, that's a good thing. Near death experiences make up just a small part of the book, while logical arguments make up the majority.

I skipped a little of the chapter on philosophy, covering views of Schopenhauer and Kant. I found it a little deep and dry, like math'l topology.

Other than that, other parts were really, really interesting. Most definitely worth a look. Try it.
Regular Joe
Aug 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must admit that after the last generally successful book by author Dinesh D'Souza (What's So Great About Christianity?) his most recent book came as quite a surprise. I have read a number of D'Souza's books and I honestly had no idea why he would tackle such an unusual subject. I definitely debated whether to invest the time on his new book, Life After Death (The Evidence). I'm glad I did.

D'Souza has spent much of the last decade debating the foremost atheists like Christopher Hitchens, Richar
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JoséMaría BlancoWhite
An amazing feat to have been able to put together, for the benefit of the common citizen, thousands of years of human thinking and discovering: What we call philosophy and science, all brought together as evidence that life after death not only is possible, but plausible, and more and more provable with the advances made in different areas of science. Rather those who have to find better evidence for their claims of “death and that's it” are the atheists: A hard task indeed for those so-called s ...more
Rob the Obscure
A few...very few...interesting angles. I read this because it was a gift from friends for my B day.

D'Souza's approach is definitely pseudo-intellectual. He is very well-read. However, he has a very strong tendency to pull things from other weighty authors in various fields, throughout intellectual history, take them out of context, and then interpret them for the reader in a way that feeds into his thesis. At times, his interpretations are just downright erroneous.

His analysis is also often tr
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Geoff Glenister
Dec 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While D'Souza is thorough and at times very interesting, his weakness is that he can be very arrogant in a way that makes him insufferable. For example, he speaks of how he loves to take atheists down in their own arena by using their own strength against them, and uses the phrases: "Christian cage fighters" and "Christian martial arts". Culture war much? And the real problem of his arrogance is that he often doesn't play by his own rules. For example, in one chapter he writes about the studies ...more
Daniel Ziegelbauer
Although the author's bias towards Christianity was clearly evident and certainly not concealed, this book on the whole presented a very objective and convincing argument that the possibility of life after death is a clear possibility and not just wishful thinking for some who prefer to mitigate the fear of death. Although the bias tended to be more defensive for Christianity I was hoping a more compatible argument to be made where philosophy, science and religion are not always enemies but rath ...more
Sarah
Mar 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I was hoping this book would rattle my beliefs and force me to ponder life and death. It did not. Every page I read made me angry. The author's arguments lack logic and his references to scientific "evidence" are flaky at best and completely ridiculous at worst. Instead of reflecting intellectually on life and afterlife, the book concludes with a not-so-subtle threat that if you don't believe in Christ's Resurrection, then you are DOOMED. But this is your choice. So many more things I'd li ...more
Ned
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better than expected

I am going to have to stop underestimating D'Souza's books. I have a few reservations, but all together this is a great book. I really enjoyed what turned out to be a philosophical survey of great thinkers. D'Souza has the ability to make complex topics understandable, always the mark of a great communicator. I debated giving the book four stars, but based on the number of my highlights, I must give it five. I learned a good many things and will likely return to the text for
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Art
Aug 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book, the author covers a wide range of arguments for and against a belief in life after death. He discusses the major religions of the world and their takes on life after death. He goes over the study of near death experiences. He also covers physics, science, and philosophy. We hear from most of the "greats" of modern philosophy (1600s on) and their belief/disbelief concerning life after death, the mind-body connection, materialism, etc.
Jim Hammond
Oct 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Evidence? I don't think so. I read this before reading D'Souza's book about Obama and thus I was prepared for the exposure to logical fallacies that dominate both of the books.
Josef Andar
The book made sense up to the Chapter on biology. After that it was crap. Physics may support an afterlife, but, biology does not. And stop pretending that it does.
Keith
This was an interesting book that was pretty thought provoking. I don't think this book would be too successful at persuading people who are on the fence about the topic, and people who are opposed to the idea would probably immediately reject any premise he bases an argument on. I was not convinced by D'Souza that there is a ton of evidence for an afterlife. I believe in one, but I wouldn't say he met his goal of having a preponderance of evidence. Still, it was interesting. I didn't particular ...more
Julie Ruch
Christian NonFiction Over my head

I love listening to Ravi speak, and I don't take issue with the content here. But I found the writing style too collegiate.

If you are looking for a book to comfort you on life after death, it might be hard to wade through this one, which looks at non-biblical substantiation for biblical heaven.

The chapter on philosophy was especially difficult for me to stay focused on, and I was an honor student in college.

I don't want to discourage anyone from reading it th
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Nathan Schwartz
Aug 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This should have been called "Life After Death: The Weak and Irrelevant Attacks on Atheism". It contains no evidence whatsoever for life after death and is instead just a poor presentation of some of the weaker arguments for Christianity and against atheism.
Mike Bernstein
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting read.

Compared to DSouzas other books this ones a little heavy for the average reader. I chose to skip over some parts
Carol Apple
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life After Death: The Evidence is about as bold a title for a book as I can imagine. Author Dinesh D’Souza starts out by telling readers that he will present strong evidence that the body survives death without appealing to Biblical revelation because he wants to address the materialist atheists on their own turf. Many people have written books presenting good cases for the Bible’s authority, but rather than going down that road, D’Souza takes us down multiple secular lines of reasoning to prese ...more
David
Dec 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In two short days --we have been snowed in -- I read Dinesh D'Sousa's new book. I must admit it was a compelling read. The author asks many of the same questions as have I these many years.

I did not appreciate being labeled as "idiotic" (pg.210) due to my agnosticism, but I understand his take on metaphysical "risks". Not deciding without all the evidence is as risky as opting for Pascal's Wager, since, in essence, we will never have "complete" evidence until after we are dead. I get that.

What I
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Mark
Aug 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thinkers, skeptics, seekers, followers of Christ
Way too many books put out by Christian publishing houses that are targeted at skeptics & seekers are anything but... they're filled with church-y language, rely on sources that are questionable (at best) to those who aren't inside the Xian bubble, and are often weak in their rhetorical style.

Thankfully, Life After Death: The Evidence is different. D'Souza deals with current research on NDEs (near death experiences), brain chemistry, physics, the nature of consciousness... and then segues in
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Dave Lester
Dinesh D'Souza is an interesting apologetic type writer. Here, in his own words, he is trying to completely put aside his religious views (impossible to get rid of bias, I would say) and investigate the claim of "life after death" with science and philosophy. An fascinating thesis to be sure.

He, of course, criticizes atheism or a completely naturalistic view of life. He talks about the human longing for immortality which certainly one can find those thinkers since the beginning of time. A chapte
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Sue
Feb 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bla bla bla. One gargantuan essay, too much religion. ugh
Brian
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. D'Souza opened this cynical, lifelong agnostic's eyes.

Wonderful book. It has helped me to see the world differently...a view of life and death from a different perspective. A more wonderful, holistic, realistic and happy perspective.

I had always, inaccurately, felt intellectually superior to " religious folks" who just did not grasp reality. It was a way to feel falsely superior to others, based on ego.

D'Souza's chapters on physics, biology and evolution I found very compelling. I learned t
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