Immortality

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GCSE Religious Studies Flashcards on Immortality , created by naomi-fisher on 11/27/2014.

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Ghosts Spirits of the dead on the earth
Evidence of immortality: Ghosts Walk through walls - resurrection of a spiritual body Sightings at the same place by different people at different times Usually seen by more than one person
Channelling Communication with the dead through a medium
Evidence of immortality: Channelling Mediums pass on messages containing correct information which was previously unknown to them
NDEs Near-Death Experiences
Evidence of immortality: NDEs Experiences are very similar And they are remembered in detail Feeling of being drawn down a tunnel towards a light - could be god Sense of great happiness and a desire not to return
Evidence of immortality through scripture: Islam The Qur'an Direct word of Allah Tells of resurrection of the body after death
Evidence of immortality through scripture: Sikhism Guru Granth Sahib Teaches Sikhs how to break the cycle of samsara And remain with god for ever
Legacy Remembered through life's work
Problems with legacy Legacy will go. For example when all of William Shakespeare's plays have been destroyed his legacy will vanish.
Memory Remembered by friends and family. Through photos and keepsakes.
Problems with memory Memories will go. When the family and friends die, so does the memory. Also, everyone is remembered (even murderers) would this mean that everyone is immortal.
Problems: ghosts Hallucinations Poor eyesight Trick of the light Hoax / trick
Problems: scripture Contradictory Lack detail - different interpretations Little medical knowledge at the time It supports not persuades
Problems: channelling Mediums are frauds Others might read body language
Problems: NDEs Not dead Oxygen starvation causes hallucinations
Problems: wishful thinking Comfort those who fear death Believers are eager to prove the afterlife exists so the accept any 'evidence', however weak.
What is Cryonics? Low-temperature preservation of humans in the hope that they could be cured in the future.
Argument from Cryonics Will the afterlife be on Earth If the soul leaves the body at death and cannot be retrieved, when a person is resuscitated will the body have a soul?
Argument from atheists No god No survival after death Some atheists would say life is without a purpose
Argument from evolution Richard Dawkins He believed that humans area product of evolution Humanity is no more than DNA passed on to ensure the survival of the species It is supported by scientific findings Morality is so mistakes aren't repeated
Argument from space If there is an afterlife then why can't we see evidence of souls becoming one with the universe, or any evidence of heaven
Dualism The idea that there is a physical and a spiritual part to us
Materialism The belief that our minds are inseparable from our bodies
René Descartes A French philosopher and dualist "I think therefore I am" We can doubt the existence of our bodies, but we cannot doubt the existence of our minds
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