A Lawyer Presents the Case for the Afterlife


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" The Case Against Reincarnation - A Rational Approach (Paperback)" Available from Amazon.

by Raleigh Amesbury (USA)

Evidence for reincarnation is inherently evidence in support of a life after death.

"The Case Against Reincarnation" is weak indeed for the following reasons:

1. The author may be a well-informed spiritualist, but he is not knowledgeable in the subject of reincarnation. Nowhere in the text or bibliography does he state he has read even one book by any of the following leading reincarnation researchers: Ian Stevenson, MD; Jim Tucker, MD; Peter Ramster; Robert Snow; Walter Semkiw, MD; Frederick Lenz, PhD; D. Scott Rogo; Peter & Mary Harrison; Carol Bowman; Michael Newton, PhD; Brian Weiss, MD; Roy Stemman, Dell Lombardi, Roger Woolger, PhD; Ruth Montgomery; Bryan Jameison; Jess Stern; Murray Bernstein; Arthur Guirdham, MD; Joe Fisher; and Joel Whitton, PhD, MD. Webster has not studied the theory and evidence that he criticizes and attempts to impugn.

2. The book is filled with armchair speculation, opinion, rationalization, communication from the spirit world and philosophical opposition. But armchair speculation, opinion, rationalization, communication from the spirit world and philosophical opposition are not evidence. And although Webster seems to be sincere in expressing his beliefs, sincerity is not evidence, either.

3. While not disputing the facts of any case in the literature, and not questioning the integrity of any researcher, Webster speculates that there could be several other causes for apparent past-life memory including fantasy, cryptomnesia, overshadowing, possession, "supernormal cognition" (whatever that is), and how about "genetic memory" (if there were such a thing), among others. Many of these arguments are not new. Reincarnation researchers already know about them and design their experiments and research, and evaluate their evidence, accordingly.

4. Successful psychotherapy is evidence in support of the validity of the theory on which that therapy is based. In recent decades, thousands, perhaps millions, of suffering people have experienced relief and healing from phobia, anxiety, phantom pain and other complaints as a result of past-life regression therapy, at the conclusion of which both therapist and patient agreed that the cause of the patient's problem seemed to be in a traumatic event that occurred in a recent incarnation. It is unlikely they were all fools. On the contrary, Webster does not produce one case--not one--where a patient experienced relief and healing pursuant to one of Webster's alternative theories. He attempts to do so when he cites a case from Dr. Carl Wickland, an early pioneer in possession research. In this case a deceased spirit person took possession of the patient because the spirit person was confusing possession with reincarnation. Dr. Wickland gave him some advice and he departed. Possession and reincarnation are distinct phenomena. Possession has distinct symptoms such as confusion, change of personality, and exhaustion. Hence this case was not a case of the reincarnation type to begin with.

5. As is apparent from the above list of reincarnation researchers, today there is a substantial amount of evidential literature that supports reincarnation. This evidence ranges from weak to incontrovertible. On the contrary, Webster does not cite one book written by one competent mental health care professional that supports any of his alternative theories.

6. Webster concludes with a chapter of cartoons that ridicule people who believe in reincarnation. Resorting to ridicule is an admission that one has no serious argument to put forward.

In summation, The Case Against Reincarnation is weak indeed. It is about time for Mr. Webster to take "a rational approach", consider the real evidence, overcome the prejudice with which he is afflicted and accept reincarnation as a fact of human life.

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