The question really is not whether there is an Afterlife, but “what is the nature of the soul?” Because if who we are is limited to this body for a few decades, then the question is moot. But if we truly are eternal beings, then there is no beginning and no end to our existence and experience–and life in this body is only one temporary set of experiences on an eternal journey.
There are thousands of accounts being shared through hypnosis and regression therapies whereby people describe having experiences that are not in this space and time. There are thousands more in which people describe experiences that occur when the body is clinically dead. These alone are enough to cause the thinking person to consider the possibility that the essence of us, or soul, is not at all limited to this body’s lifetime.
Another way to think about it is to ask the question: “Am I the same person I was as a toddler? an adolescent?” Clearly, though the body has changed considerably over the course of a lifetime, the essential person does not. So, if the body goes through yet another change, called “death” will that change the essential person?
In my latest book, One Law, Henry Drummond (a natural history professor at the time of Charles Darwin) explores the possibility that the fundamental processes of development apply to a much broader continuum than just the physical body, and that we are not only “natural” but fundamentally “spiritual” in being, developing gradually through stages in both. He sets forth a powerful case for his ideas and thousands of people were excited about them when he was writing.
Perhaps now we can revisit those ideas from a new perspective and, using modern scientific methods, establish without doubt the infinite, eternal nature of our being, as we experience this brief span of life in bodies.