The afterlife

Life after death is a fundamental belief in most religions.

What form life after death takes is different in each religion, and sometimes there is a difference of belief between members of the same religion.

Some people who are not religious also believe in life after death, while others believe that there is no existence after death.

Ways of thinking about life after death include:

Evidence of life after death

There is no scientific evidence for life after death, but the belief in an afterlife is strong among religious and also some non-religious people.

Belief in life after death in religions

For most religious people, belief in life after death is based on teachings in their scriptures or traditions.

The sacred texts in Christianity, Judaism and Islam talk of an afterlife - so for followers of these faiths life after death has been promised by God. For Buddhists, belief in reincarnation is based on the tradition that the Buddha remembered his past lives when he reached enlightenment.