Can just words defeat death? One day I heard someone making a similar remark about numbers. Nevertheless: is it not by the power of calculation that we can overcome illnesses, travel around the world and look into the future? Well then, words are still more powerful than numbers are. We just still have to learn to speak properly.
Contents On Life after Death 9 §1. The ‘koan’: the paradox as a springboard 11 §2. Love gets the ultimate satisfaction from its own being 16 §3. Death as a deus ex machina 19 §4. About the unity of the body and the soul 25 §5. Our life is not ours 34 §6. Life as a gift 40 §7. The mortal body is a weight to the soul 47 §8. Despair and ‘madness’ 53 §9. Hope and meaning 60 § 10. The wave-facet of death 64 § 11. The continuation of existence after death 71 §12. Once more: the Bradatanian statement 77 § 13. ‘Imitatio Dei’ and death 82 §14. Renouncing death 92 § 15. A first attempt in the disentwining of the mystery of death 95 § 16. The soul and the self in the perspective of death 101 § 17. Death is always personalised 109 § 18. No death without sin? 111 19. Life and death 118 § 20. Fate is cruel… 120 § 21. Death, Life and the End of Times 125 § 22. The Last Judgement 132
(...) The question whether there is life after death sounds paradoxical; yet it is not — similar to the question whether God is able to make a stone that He cannot lift: for 'life' and 'death' refer to realities differing strongly from the things that come up into our mind spontaneously. We can think about a (mere biological) 'death' that can be significant and preferable above a (mere biological) life without any signification, as already Plato stated implicitly by his saying that it is better to undergo evil than to do it, and this is true because, as Saint-Paul said, only love signifies life. The offer of one's life is uttermost preferable above the gaining of it at the prize of one's beloved ones. Moreover: life undeserved is death in such an amount that it cannot undo this death by the means of a biological death, as the Scripture states in saying that there will come a time that some will search death yet they will not find it: in those cases not (biological) death is the problem but rather its absence is. (...) ×