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Linda Badham’s rejection of any afterlife. Consideration of the possibilities of life after death 1. Literal bodily resurrection She takes as the standard Christian position Critique Our biological systems constantly change. Linda Badham’s rejection of any afterlife.

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linda badham s rejection of any afterlife
Linda Badham’s rejection of any afterlife
  • Consideration of the possibilities of life after death
    • 1. Literal bodily resurrection
      • She takes as the standard Christian position
      • Critique
        • Our biological systems constantly change

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Linda Badham’s rejection of any afterlife
  • 2. Resurrection as the body transformed
    • One version of this: John Polkinghorne -- what persists is the pattern, not the body
    • Objections
      • Cloning
      • Problem of personal identity: There can be no identity without continuity

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Linda Badham’s rejection of any afterlife
  • 3. Resurrection linked to soul (combination of resurrection & immortality)
    • Objections
      • All dualisms are suspect; our emotions & experience is intimately tied to our bodies.
      • Which organisms have souls?

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Linda Badham’s rejection of any afterlife
  • Do near-death experiences provide empirical support for life after death? (Raymond Moody, Life after Life, 1976)
    • May require non-standard scientific explanations; Badham does not accept non-standard scientific explanations. She accepts only “normal science.”

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Linda Badham’s rejection of any afterlife
  • Comments & criticisms
    • 1. Does she exhaust the possibilities on the notions of resurrection?
    • 2. Her basic presupposition: naturalism. If one adopts a religious viewpoint, what follows? Maurice Lamm
    • 3. She assumes that science and religions are incompatible

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  • More on Maurice Lamm’s defense of resurrection (contemporary Jewish theologian)
    • If we regard life as a gift of a good & loving God, then it is to be expected that such a God would bestow ongoing life (follows from God’s goodness).
      • What Polkinghorne calls a top-down argument

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