I Cannot Survive Death Access This Claim

Topics: Soul, Death, Reincarnation Pages: 2 (942 words) Published: March 8, 2015
‘I cannot survive death’ access this claim

There is one thing on which all philosophers agree: that is that our earthly life in our current physical form will end. Death is ‘the complete and permanent cessation of all vital functions in a living creature, the end of life’. All philosophers will agree with the first part of this definition, but there is disagreement over what the latter part ‘the end of life’ means. Many people would argue death as the end of any form of existence. Others would argue that death is not he end of life, and that we continue in some form after death. There is evidence to support personal post-mortem existence for example spiritualism and near death experiences; therefore it is coherent to argue that there is life after death. It can be argued that the personality is totally dependent on the body; without a body, a person cannot have emotions, feelings, drives etc. The body is left behind at death so, presumably, everything that makes a person also is left behind. If one is reincarnated in another body it is no longer the same person, it is another person. If one is resurrected, it is not with the same body, so it is not the same person. John Hick’s replica theory supports this, saying that the body and soul are one, and at death, both the body and soul die. It would only be possible that the dead could exist after death as themselves, if an exact replica of them were to appear but this replica means that nothing survives of the original entity and therefore is not the same person. However, the Christian idea of resurrection is that the person is perfected, even if the old body is left behind, the new creation is the true person as Christians believe in the resurrection of the body and everlasting life. The idea of reincarnation implies that something about a person survives, even in a different body. If a person is the sum total of their actions, the actions could be thought of as affecting karma, so there must be some way in...
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