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Beliefs after Death

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on 27 January 2014

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Transcript of Beliefs after Death

Beliefs of Life after Death
Life after death is ...
A life of peace and tranquility
A life of intense action
A life like the one here on earth only better
A life without many things that make our present life enjoyable
A pale, shadowy form of life, hardly life at all
A spiritual life, involving our mind but not our body
A paradise of pleasure and delights
A place of loving intellectual communion
Union with God
Reunion with relatives

Reincarnation
Statics show that those that believe in reincarnation exceed those that follow religious teachings that have reincarnation as part of their religious doctrine (Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism or other tribal religions)
The Way out
The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.

Mark Twain
Americans' Increasing belief in life after death
Belief in life after death increases for the population as a whole (overall)
Increase significant for those who label themselves as Catholic, Jewish, or as having no religious affiliation.
Why is that?
What does life after death mean to you?
What did the General Social survey use as their descriptors of life after death?
Death Beliefs and Health Anxiety
Death as Pain and Loneliness
Death as an afterlife of reward
Indifference towards death
Death as unknown
Death as forsaking dependents plus guilt
Death as courage
Death as failure
Death as a natural end

What would be some death beliefs that would raise anxiety regarding health problems?
Beliefs Postively Correlated with health anxiety in Roman Catholics
Death as:
Pain
Afterlife or reward
Failure
Superstitions about illness and death
Death as:
Pain
Afterlife or reward
Failure
Unknown (Athesists only)
Death as forsaking dependants plus guilt (Athesists only)
Death as Courage (Athesists only)
Superstitions about illness and death

Beliefs Postively Correlated with health anxiety in Athesists
Death Perspective scale with the following descriptors of death:
Traditional thinking of reincarnation:
Individual self or soul progressing through successive incarnations
The Self as in illusion
Identity rooted in kin relationships and in one's descendants
Modern Hypothesis = therapeutic search for the self
Postmodern Hypothesis = past and previous lives will be varied and possibly drastically different from the person's current life
Kin Hypothesis = believe that one is reincarnated in other family members in the future
"I don't know that much about reincarnation... but if you make me laugh hard enough, sometimes I forget what century I'm in. This isn't my first time here. This isn't my last time here. These aren't the last words I'll share. But just in case, I'm trying my hardest to get it right this time around."

-Sarah Kay " If I Should Have a Daughter"
TED talk - March 2011
Walter, Tony. "Reincarnation, Modernity and Identity." Sociology 35.1 (2001): 21-38. Print
James, Abigail, and Adrian Wells. "Death Beliefs, Superstitious Beliefs And Health Anxiety." British Journal Of Clinical Psychology 41.1 (2002): 43. Academic Search Premier. Web. 19 Jan. 2014.
Greeley, Andrew, and Hout, Michael. "American's Increasing Belief in Life after Death: Religious Competition adn Acculturation." American Sociological Review 64.6 (1999): 813-835. Web. 19 Jan 2014
References
Kay, Aaron, Gaucher, Danielle, McGregor, Ian and Nash, Kyle. "Religious Belief as COmpensatory Control." Personality and Social Psychology Review 14.1 (2010): 37-48. Print.
What would be your
logical hypothesis?
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