Editor’s Note: In this Q&A, Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of the Center, interviews Dinesh D'Souza, a best-selling author and former White House policy analyst, about his newly released book, “Life After Death: The Evidence.”
Dr. Paul Kengor: Dinesh, your last book was “What’s So Great About Christianity,” which did quite well, and which we profiled in a series of Q&As last year (Part I, Part II, Part III). It led to, among other things, an ongoing fascinating series of public debates you’ve had with Christopher Hitchens. It appears that your latest book, “Life After Death: The Evidence,” came from those experiences. Tell us what prompted this book—which, for the record, I recommend as a Christmas gift for both believers and (especially) non-believers.
Dinesh D'Souza: Intellectually, yes, I was provoked by the atheists. I have a strong desire to see them whipped at their own game. But this is also a personal issue for me. My wife had a strange out-of-body experience during a car accident many years ago. My father died in the year 2000. And last year my best friend got cancer. I remember him telling me how dramatically the prospect of death changed his priorities. He made the comment that the normalcy of our everyday life is a sham, that we live in the pretense that we are not going to die tomorrow and then one day we wake up and realize that we are. So this is a huge issue. I don't think that there is a thoughtful person who hasn't wondered: is death the end, or is there something more?
Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values, and author of the book, “The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor.” His other books include "The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism" and "Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century."