Exploring the Three Types of Afterlife People Believe In Essay
There are three main types of afterlife in which the religious may believe: the survival of the 'soul,' a notion adhered to by many philosophers and theologians; the 'resurrection of the body,' and finally, reincarnation. The latter is an idea supported by both Hinduism and Sikhism, but rejected by Christianity. It is debatable as to which type, if any, exists.
John Locke tells the story of a cobbler and a prince, who woke up one day in each others bodies, to illustrate the problems associated with belief in continued 'personal' existence after death. He describes how, whilst the prince demanded to be returned to the palace, the cobbler …show more content…
The dualist view of the body and soul, associated with the philosophies of Plato and Descartes, holds that it is the soul which survives after death, with the body being a temporary dwelling - place. This account is more plausible to the theist than that of Flew, in that it accepts the notion of eternal life, thus appears to fit, at least initially, with the teaching of the Bible. However, it clearly does not cohere with the doctrine of the Resurrection. Christians who hold that Jesus' resurrection was literal may reject the dualist theory as invalid. This is assuming, of course, that Jesus was truly human, for we must realise that God and Jesus are one and in any case, it is important to reiterate the fact that the Bible emphasises God's omnipotence and the reality of miracles.
Many arguments have been presented in opposition to the literality of the Resurrection. In fact, the ex - Bishop of Durham - David Jenkins - claimed that Jesus' resurrection is meant to be interpreted as a symbol of myth. Firstly, it has been asserted that Jesus did not die on