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Post-death Experiences Refute Naturalism?

I recently listened to a talk given by Dr. Gary Habermas at the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. The lecture was a communication of the research Habermas had done on near-death and post-death experiences. Habermas makes a very interesting and powerful case for the reality of an immaterial aspect to the human being- which he shows to be empirically verifiable fact. If his arguments are true, then this is an extremely difficult if not insurmountable problem for naturalists- who claim that humans don’t have an immaterial aspect to their being but rather are nothing more than physical machines which function because of brain activity.

Dr. Gary Habermas has dedicated his professional life to the examination of the relevant historical, philosophical, and theological issues surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus. His extensive list of publications and debates provides a thorough account of the current state of the issue. Christian believers as well as unbelievers will undoubtedly find Dr. Habermas’ research to be a persuasive and robust apologetic for the philosophical possibility of miracles and the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus. 

Please listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of his presentation “Near-death Experiences: Evidence for an Afterlife?” I guarantee that you will find it extremely thought provoking and challenging. Also if you would like to listen to other audio debates or lectures by Dr. Habermas regarding the historicity of the resurrection or other fascinating topics, -then please visit



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