5 thoughts on “Life After Death

  1. This may be the longest piece of shoddy “scholarship” I’ve ever read. Although well endnoted and occasionally showing glimmers of insight, the book seems a rushed job uncertain of its purpose. It is not a piece of disinterested scholarship. The introductory portion makes clear the author’s opposition to modern belief in an afterlife and the concluding portion before the substantially redundant “Summary” digresses into an all-too-timebound–and rather ignorantly mainstream–discussion of 9/11. Th

  2. The author is clearly erudite because the book covers much more than suggested by the title. The erudition makes his amateurish coverage of modern politics (the Soviet-Afghan War was in the 1980s, not the 1990s, trying to explain the sources of underdevelopment in the Arab world in a 2-page aside is foolish, and it’s equally foolish to disagree with Scott Atran on an area of Atran’s expertise solely based on what one “thinks”) and obvious errors (“Istambul” was not the capital of the Ottoman Emp

  3. Confronting the history of the ‘afterlife’ in the ‘Western’ tradition, Alan Segal’s Life After Death: A History of the Afterlife in the Western Religion is a fascinating post-9/11 social history. In many cases it reads like a great books humanities course with a religious theme. This isn’t to denigrate the book, but, rather, to place it within an intellectual and historical frame.

    Contextualizing books such as Life After Death is crucial to judging whether or not they are worthy of readers’ atte

  4. Another addition to the religious studies section of my library. As a non believer, I find meticulous texts detailing the rise and metamorphosis of religious thought fascinating. I would recommend this to serious readers as it took me 3 weeks of solid dedication to work through the text.

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