Thursday, September 25, 2008

Beyond Death

For those of you that might be interested in reading about the evidences for life after death, I would recommend Beyond Death by Gary Habermas and J.P. Moreland. The book is now out of print. However, sometimes you can find used books on amazon. Professor Craig Blomberg of Denver Seminary gives a brief overview of the book here.

At one point he writes:
By far the most fascinating material for me was the study of near-death experiences. Our authors recognize that fraud and unknown scientific explanations may account for some of them but are convinced that testimonies of people declared clinically dead but later resuscitated, who were able accurately to recount information about what was happening both inside and outside of the room where their bodies lay points to some genuine experience of life after death.

This section of the book is fascinating. What is also good about the book is that it gives a Biblical framework that I think keeps the evidence that currently exists in perspective. Christians don't need to believe every crazy story about heaven and hell that comes from the mouths of money-makers. Yet neither do we need to be so skeptical that we deny truthful accounts and evidence that plainly point to the dualistic character of the human person.

If you find it, it is worth the read. I may even let you borrow my copy if you promise to give it back.

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