The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life after Death

2015.11.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael Martin and Keith Augustine (eds.), The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life after Death, Rowman and Littlefield,
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2015.11.30 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Michael Martin and Keith Augustine (eds.), The Myth of an Afterlife: The Case against Life after Death, Rowman and Littlefield, 2015, xxxi + 675pp., $85.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780810886773. Reviewed by William Hasker, Huntington University It is tempting to describe Michael Martin and Keith Augustine's book as an anti-survivalist tract, but "tract" may be the wrong word for a 700-page volume with 30 different contributors. Perhaps better, it is a sustained polemic on the contention expressed in the title. (We are told there are no pro-afterlife contributors because the majority of published writing on the subject is by believers in an afterlife; thus the need to redress the balance.) The first item, before the preface and the editors' introduction, is "On the Origin of Afterlife Beliefs by Means of Memetic Selection," by Steve Stewart-Williams. Belief in an afterlife, we learn, is a "selfish meme"; it is. . .

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