Otherworld Journeys

Author: Carol Zaleski
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780195363524
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Dozens of books, articles, television shows, and films relating "near-death" experiences have appeared in the past decade. People who have survived a close brush with death reveal their extraordinary visions and ecstatic feelings at the moment they died, describing journeys through a tunnel to a realm of light, visual reviews of their past deeds, encounters with a benevolent spirit, and permanent transformation after returning to life. Carol Zaleski's Otherworld Journeys offers the most comprehensive treatment to date of the evidence surrounding near-death experiences. The first to place researchers' findings, first-person accounts, and possible medical or psychological explanations in historical perspective, she discusses how these materials reflect the influence of contemporary culture. She demonstrates that modern near-death reports belong to a vast family of otherworld journey tales, with examples in nearly every religious heritage. She identifies universal as well as culturally specific features by comparing near-death narratives in two distinct periods of Western society: medieval Christendom and twentieth-century secular America. This comparison reveals profound similarities, such as the life-review and the transforming after-effects of the vision, as well as striking contrasts, such as the absence of hell or punishment scenes from modern accounts. Mediating between the "debunkers" and the near-death researchers, Zaleski considers current efforts to explain near-death experience scientifically. She concludes by emphasizing the importance of the otherworld vision for understanding imaginative and religious experience in general.

Otherworld Journeys

Author: Carol Zaleski
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0195056655
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Looks at the evidence surrounding near-death experiences, with researchers' findings, first-person accounts of survivors, and possible medical or psychological explanations placing this material in historical perspective

Otherworld Journeys

Author: Carol Zaleski
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190281588
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Dozens of books, articles, television shows, and films relating "near-death" experiences have appeared in the past decade. People who have survived a close brush with death reveal their extraordinary visions and ecstatic feelings at the moment they died, describing journeys through a tunnel to a realm of light, visual reviews of their past deeds, encounters with a benevolent spirit, and permanent transformation after returning to life. Carol Zaleski's Otherworld Journeys offers the most comprehensive treatment to date of the evidence surrounding near-death experiences. The first to place researchers' findings, first-person accounts, and possible medical or psychological explanations in historical perspective, she discusses how these materials reflect the influence of contemporary culture. She demonstrates that modern near-death reports belong to a vast family of otherworld journey tales, with examples in nearly every religious heritage. She identifies universal as well as culturally specific features by comparing near-death narratives in two distinct periods of Western society: medieval Christendom and twentieth-century secular America. This comparison reveals profound similarities, such as the life-review and the transforming after-effects of the vision, as well as striking contrasts, such as the absence of hell or punishment scenes from modern accounts. Mediating between the "debunkers" and the near-death researchers, Zaleski considers current efforts to explain near-death experience scientifically. She concludes by emphasizing the importance of the otherworld vision for understanding imaginative and religious experience in general.

The Life of the World to Come

Author: Carol Zaleski
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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Three essays on near-death experiences raise such issues as modern society's refusal to contemplate mortality, and interpretations of Christian dogma,

Glimpses of Eternity

Author: Arvin S. Gibson
Publisher: Cedar Fort
ISBN: 9780882904399
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Glimpses of Eternity offers significant new insights concerning life after death. the book reports more than forty first-person accounts of individuals who died, went into the Spirit World, and then returned to mortality. Scientists call such events a near-death experience (NDE). Research has been undertaken on this subject in many studies during recent decades. These new accounts confirm past findings, but also report dramatic unexpected results which haven't been previously identified. the author conducted carefully structured interviews with individuals who had journeyed beyond the veil. the exact transcriptions of these interviews are presented in the first half of the book. Then, portions of the various accounts are compiled and analyzed for the doctrinal implications they contain. These two approaches combine to make this intriguing book a powerful witness that life continues after death and that death should not be feared. As one lady stated: Death is ... nothing to be feared. It's an awakening ... This book, prepared with careful observance of the principles of empirical research, is a major contribution to the field of near-death research. It also supplies answers to many LDS questions about entry into the Spirit World: life's purpose, the light and tunnel, the life review judgment before Jesus Christ, the power and love of God, and differing views of the spirit world and of human destiny. It suggests an eternal pain-free life filled with light, truth, knowledge, growth, creating, and exuberant joy.

Beyond the Body

Author: Susan J. Blackmore
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 9780897333443
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About one person in ten claims to have left his or her body at some time. Some were close to death; others had under-gone an accident or shock. Dr Blackmore's explanation for out-of-body experiences is based on historical and anecdotal material, surveys, and laboratory experiments.

A Social History of Dying

Author: Allan Kellehear
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139461427
Format: PDF
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Our experiences of dying have been shaped by ancient ideas about death and social responsibility at the end of life. From Stone Age ideas about dying as otherworld journey to the contemporary Cosmopolitan Age of dying in nursing homes, Allan Kellehear takes the reader on a 2 million year journey of discovery that covers the major challenges we will all eventually face: anticipating, preparing, taming and timing for our eventual deaths. This book, first published in 2007, is a major review of the human and clinical sciences literature about human dying conduct. The historical approach of this book places our recent images of cancer dying and medical care in broader historical, epidemiological and global context. Professor Kellehear argues that we are witnessing a rise in shameful forms of dying. It is not cancer, heart disease or medical science that presents modern dying conduct with its greatest moral tests, but rather poverty, ageing and social exclusion.

Religion Spirituality and the Near Death Experience

Author: Department of Physics and Astronomy Mark Fox
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134442793
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This dramatic and sustained response to decades of research into near-death experiences (NDEs) is the first book to credibly bridge the gap between the competing factions of science and spirituality. Neither a religious argument touting NDEs as hard evidence for God, nor a scientific rebuke to religious interpretations, it balances investigation of these much-reported yet baffling phenomena, and brings fresh urgency to the study of our hopes for a life beyond.

Beyond

Author: Fred M. Frohock
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780700617012
Format: PDF
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Explores recent findings in brain research, the mind-body relationship and consciousness studies to offer an introduction to what is termed "conscious life" and provides fresh insights into life after death, near-death and out-of-body experiences, reincarnation and a host of other phenomena that baffle the experts.