Death and Afterlife: A Theological Introduction - Terence Nichols
There is a connection between a deep uncertainty about the afterlife and the fear of death. But why are people so uncertain about the afterlife? Almost all world religions teach that one's personal spirit or soul survives bodily death.
Unfortunately, we've allowed philosophical naturalism to silence our witness to the afterlife.
In this book, Nichols argues "that while scientific and philosophical challenges force us to rethink our conceptions of the soul, resurrection, and heaven and hell, we can still make a credible case for life after death with God, for a soul that survives bodily death, for bodily resurrection, and for heaven and hell" (13). Nichols then provides a helpful overview of death and the afterlife in Ancient Judaism, the New Testament, and early Christian Tradition. He then tackles scientific challenges to the afterlife and wrestles with the evidence from Near Death Experiences. He concludes with biblical studies of the soul, resurrection, judgment, heaven, purgatory, and hell.
This is a fine introduction to a very important (perhaps, the most important) topic.