Angelicals Reviewed explores the idea that the soul, like our physicality, is an integral component of human nature, and rather than a God given gift, is subject to the laws of evolution. Belief in the immortality of the soul has engaged humanity for thousands of years. Yet, there is no evidence to support its existence. Humanity does not require a soul. The soul is only essential when life pushes to extend its animation beyond its native planet. Space flight beyond our solar system may sounds impressive, but projecting mass that far is not feasible. The body would have to be disposed of first. Hence the significance of an evolving soul. In the face of Earthly catastrophe, the soul may be nature’s way of ensuring long term survival. Does the soul exist and is it an overlooked evolutionary trait? Incredible as it seems, a triune nature of body, mind, and soul constitutes a new species. I call such a soul-empowered human, Homo angelicansis.
In a groundbreaking study covering multiple disciplines, Izak shares his knowledge regarding the soul. In these pages you will discover:
- What individuals, groups, and societies believe regarding the soul
- How some accept, and others reject the notion of the soul
- How opposing doctrine differ or agree
- How views about the soul alter with time
- How the debate around the soul is ongoing
- And how the discoveries of cosmology and evolution influence the percepts of the soul.
As humanity dabbles with replacing God, the question surrounding the soul—existence, purpose, and destiny—becomes all important. If you have pondered these questions, this book is for you.
This book is as much my book as it is your book, because it talks of that strangely gripping aspect of life, that has held all of mankind throughout the ages, to wanting to know, to needing to know about that moment of death, about that unique experience that we know is waiting for us, that moment when our soul will leave our body, to make that crossing, to move into the eternal life as promised in our religion, in everybody’s religion or belief system, of which we have asked the eternal question countless times: “now what then is that soul, that mysterious something that we know we have, housed inside our body, that will keep on living forever when this body that we think is us, is buried in the ground, or burnt up in a fire, or made to disappear in some other way.” We have all asked it over and over, ever since childhood, again and again. Some of us hope it is going to be a marvellous moment, others are afraid because it is completely unknown, yet others believe it is the end of everything – because there is nothing waiting.
And throughout the ages, humans have wondered about it and thought about it and written about it.
This book tells us that everlasting story of how humans wanted to know about it, wanted to express it, wanted to understand it. It tells us about the contradictions, the misunderstandings and the mistakes made by famous and wise people in a language that we can understand. Well, mostly. It makes us part of the everlasting debate that may never have an end. It reminds us nostalgically of the questions we have asked from childhood days when a cuddly puppy had died, or a loving child, or a favourite granny, and we still remember that there has never been an answer. We still plead, “Tell me about the soul.”
Of course, you will skip some of the difficult philosophical and scientific summaries that had to be included to complete the picture and to show how humans, especially scientists and philosophers, have been trying to come to an understanding of the concept of soul. Mankind has been on this route for millennia. But in this book, it is the magic of the words of the poets and the philosophers and the story tellers that can take us closer to the kind of understanding that we need. So keep the book and dip into it again and again whenever you ponder about death and the eternal soul.
And let me tell you that toward the end of the book you will find the most unexpected and gripping ideas about living humanity that will boggle your mind and will open new avenues to you, all in the attempt to find your truth about life and about the moment after the moment of death.
And then, finally, you will revel in the magic of the all-together new thinking that comes with the explanation of the word of the title: Angelicals.
You will never forget that and you may want to go there!Wim Ahlers Amazon ★★★★★
This work comes across as a lifetime of curiosity and digested research. A well crafted summary and commentary on spirituality. I enjoyed Botha’s words and insights tremendously, especially the last chapter and summary. I want to experience more from his pen and I am looking forward to read Blood Symbols.Christene - Amazon Customer ★★★★
Is the soul the inner world of a person or the soul is only an intangible substance? Everyone defines it for himself. In general, in my opinion this is still an unexplored topic, so there are many hypotheses and assumptions. In Angelicals Reviewed, you can also see assumptions about the definition of the soul. Many questions are raised in the book Does a Soul Exist? Is this a gift from God? ” and “ Does the soul guarantee us life after death? ”
Researcher of metaphysics, Izak Botha tells his point of view and thoughts on this topic. And this is your business to accept and listen to it or not.
If you are interested in philosophizing on this topic – then definitely buy this book, and even if you have determined the answer for yourself, you will still be interested to read another point of view. I highly recommend everyone!Julius Z Amazon ★★★★
This was an interesting, thought-provoking read. Izak Botha brings about a well-balanced discussion on souls from historical, philosophical, social, religious, and cultural lenses. This book doesn’t present itself as an expert treatise on the subject, but it almost seems more musing on the subject of the soul. I especially appreciated the historical background and the cultural perspectives on the soul from different eras in history.
This book could be fascinating for a wide segment of readers: those who might be searching for more answers on the soul, those philosophically curious, those on a spiritual journey, and others interested in learning more from an academic standpoint. The writing is clear and descriptive, and the author does not come across as condescending – a tone which sometimes can be easy to effect in these types of books. A good read overall.Amy Williams Amazon ★★★★
Izak Botha has written an interesting book on the human soul and what it’s purpose is, where it is, and where it goes upon death. There is some good information from studies done by scientists and others giving their views of the evidence and information collected. This is a book that engages your mind and makes you think. Although you can draw some conclusions from the book, there are still unanswered questions. I found this book to be well written with concise and well presented information allowing me to draw my own conclusions. If you have an interest in the soul and what it’s is or where it goes, this is a good book to read and gain additional insight.Jimmy Ray Amazon ★★★★
As might be expected for a text dealing with metaphysical unknowns like the concept of “soul,” the author expects you to take quite a lot on faith. I didn’t find this problematic, but some readers might.
I went into this as a simply speculative philosophical book, and enjoyed it immensely as a result. The author’s research is very thorough, so even in places where I couldn’t agree with his conclusions, I learned a lot along the way.M Hoffman Amazon ★★★★
“Angelicals Reviewed” is a book dissecting the concept of humans having a soul. The book talks about various individuals, groups and societies and what they believe about the soul. It also shows the differences and similarities among various doctrines on the notion of the soul. The book also shows the readers how the cosmological discoveries and evolution have influenced the perception of the soul.
The book is thoroughly researched and the author shows great in-depth knowledge about the topic of the human soul. He brings up major world religions and famous philosophers in order to bring about his case on the nature of the soul. As much as many references are presented, the perspective of the book is highly skewed. At the end of the day, what the reader gets out of the book depends on the preconceived notion that the reader already has before he picks up this book.
An interesting read but most certainly, very debatable.Mumpreneur264 Amazon ★★★★
Angelicals Reviewed by Izak Botha is a interesting philosophical read.
This book was interesting for myself who believes we all have a soul and when we pass on we move on to somewhere new, even a sceptic I think would be interested in what this book speaks about. Izak challenges conventional thinking about the nature of the soul. We learn about a groundbreaking study covering several disciplines, the author shares his knowledge regarding the soul. It has been well researched and is very in depth. The author explains about several topics such as what individuals and groups believe regarding the soul, how the notion of the soul is rejected and accepted by some, how views about the soul have altered overtime.
At times religion is mentioned but not to the point it’s overly religious. What is good about it is how it’s non biased and all aspects as well as sides, are taken into account.
I feel that this isn’t a book you would read once but something that could be re-read. All in all a very interesting read that everyone will take something away from reading.H Taylor Amazon ★★★★
If you have ever thought about the nature of the soul then this book is for you. For example, I thought that everyone believed in the concept of a soul, but this is not true. I also believe that animals have souls and this thought comforts me as I share my life with my beloved pets. This author is immensely erudite and he writes of classical history in a way which catches the reader’s imagination. I loved reading of Atlantis and Lemuria as well as Ancient Egypt. He also has a tremendous grasp of the various religions and writes with utter conviction, making his ideas easy for the layman to grasp. We are not all students of the metaphysical but maybe we long to know more. This book will really broaden your horizons and widen your mind.M Hernandez Amazon ★★★★
A well thought out and thoroughly in-depth look into all aspects surrounding the soul and societies concept of what it means.
I’ve been questioning life a lot lately, the meaning it has and what happens after this whole journey is over and this book was a great addition to this knowledge quest I am going through.
The structure of the book makes it easy to read and keep track of what you’ve learned along the way. Each chapter leads onto the next, answering questions that the last one had bought up for me.
I really appreciated the unbiased nature of the book, how each side is taken into account, their points laid out and then the arguments against that side explained.
I’m definitely glad to have tried this out, a great read!Charlie Latham Amazon ★★★★
The book is an effort to answer many questions that possibly we all have regarding soul, something that keeps us alive, possibly something that lives even our body dies, possibly something that reaches eternal life. The author has shared various studies, views that scientists and philosophers have regarding the existence of soul. It presents some new views about truth of the soul and life and evolution of the soul as Angelicals, spiritual being that can survive after death. It is an interesting read, a step ahead as a conceptual theory. but, some questions still need answers.Archie Amazon ★★★★
This is a book for the curious, for those who have always pondered if the soul is God’s gift, the author challenges conventional thinking of what the soul is believed to be, he has different beliefs so he presents a new hypothesis, the book shares what individuals and societies believe about the soul, how some accept the notion of the soul and some reject it and how there is are ongoing debates regarding the soul. Personally, I believe everyone has a soul and since we are all creations of God, then the soul is God’s gift to mankind, I believe it’s one of the symbols of God’s grace in our lives.Nikki Wolters Amazon ★★★
Botha’s book is a crucial analysis of evolutionary thinking. It deserves to be read with care …Professor George Claassen - Sceptic South Africa Rapport
Botha’s inquiry and line of logic seem beyond the merely plausible – it is urgently imperative.Todd Mercer - ForeWord ★★★★
Be prepared to have many of your assumptions and beliefs put to the test. Be prepared to find yourself arguing in their defense at times, and look forward to seeing things from a new perspective. Whilst you may not always end up agreeing with Botha, you will certainly have thought more deeply about the things that you believe to be true about human spirituality.Kemble Elliot Books & Leisure
Using a controversial framework the author inspires debate in his readers taking them on a journey of possibilities and opening up new areas of speculation and ideas.Robyn Wilkinson Longevity Magazine
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