The Future of the Soul
Swinburne (Richard)
Source: The Evolution of the Soul, February 1997, Chapter 15, pp. 298-360(63).
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  1. Evidence of ‘near-death’ experiences, parapsychology, and claims of reincarnation1 do not constitute very good evidence that human souls survive the death of their bodies.
  2. Nor are there good philosophical arguments for the natural immortality of souls.
  3. Yet there are no natural laws connecting the existence or functioning of a soul with the existence or functioning of a body.
  4. 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.

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