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Richard Schain’s book, Souls Exist, is a philosophical work that laments the prevailing contemporary belief that humans do not have souls after all. As the title suggests, the author insists that souls do exist, but this is not the concept of a soul from a religious point of view, but rather that of the mystical. The book starts with an epigraph from St. Augustine that states that there are only two questions of philosophy: the soul and God. And this is followed by fourteen chapters on topics like The Soul Exists, The Human Condition, The Impact of Culture, The Essence of Christianity, The Materialist Ideology, Philosophy and Philosophers and Philosophical Faith, among others. Each of the book’s chapters relates to the author’s dictum that there is only one question for philosophy and that is the soul.
With the concept of God rapidly losing believers in the modern world, the notion that a human being may eventually die, but that his or her soul lives on is also losing a lot of believers every day. Today, more and more people cannot find significant reality in the idea of the soul, and this has resulted in a human population where the majority of people cannot find meaning in their lives. Souls Exist by Richard Schain talks about a revolutionary concept of the soul that is not based on religious beliefs and this makes it a must-read for those who shun religious myths but are looking for the essence of life. Informative, enlightening and easy to read because it does not use too much philosophical terminology, here is a book about a metaphysical idea that is presented in a way that it can be easily understood by all. Since, in one way or another, all humans seek the meaning of life, this is a book that I can recommend to everyone!