Reviewed by Daniel Kealey, Ph.D.
(as included in the The Journal of Regression Therapy Volume ViII, No. 1, Fall 1994)
Dr. Robert Almeder, a specialist in the philosophy of science and a professor at Georgia State University, has written a sustained and rigorous defense of the belief in the soul’s survival of bodily death based on the empirical evidence. A chapter each is devoted to five kinds of empirical sources: reincarnation, apparitions of the dead, possession, out-of-body experiences, and communication from the dead. His careful analysis of the facts and thorough critiques of skeptical objections bring him to the conclusion that, while an analysis of a few particular cases or even of the whole field of only one of the empirical kinds of evidence mentioned above do leave a sliver of doubt on which the skeptics can hang their unbelief, a comprehensive study of the whole body of evidence provides the believers in survival a much more sound and rational basis for their belief than the skeptics have for theirs.