- Paperback: 139 pages
- Publisher: 6Th Books; Reprint edition (June 16, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846944961
- ISBN-13: 978-1846944963
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.4 x 8.6 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
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There can be few, if any, more important questions than what happens to us when we die. This book contains what purport to be reports from people who have died, telling us in what conditions they live, and how they may move on from one sphere to another. Whatever they may make of this, everyone will find it intensely interesting.
— John Hick, Author of Death and Eternal Life, preeminent philosopher of global religion
After conducting a pattern and content analysis of details that spirit sources described about their afterlife world through credible mediums, Dr. Betty spells out 44 specific details of the afterlife, most of which differ from the views of major world religions. Belief in these revelations that the nature of our afterlife existence depends upon using our free will to evolve spiritually in love and wisdom in this life is the core message of this book.
— Boyce Batey, Executive Director of Academy of Spirituality and Paranormal Studies
About the Author
Stafford Betty has a PhD in theology from Fordham University, teaches religious studies at California State University in Bakersfield, and has gradually evolved into a world expert on afterlife studies. Originally a specialist in Asian religious thought and the philosophy of religion--with many publications to his name, some in top-tier journals--he branched out into paranormal research when he found that the big questions about the meaning of life were unanswered in the safe, tidy world of academic orthodoxy. "Paranormal studies is the next frontier for philosophers and scientists to venture into," Betty says. "It is a tragedy that an area of studies so filled with hope for all of us is commonly snubbed by leading intellectuals and trend setters, who refuse to even look at the evidence." Betty is also a novelist. His latest novel, The Imprisoned Splendor, is set in the afterlife.
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This little book covers 7 mediums (old and some new) and gives brief overviews of what those mediums (and the souls who spoke through them) had to say about what life is like on the other side. This information is taken from books that have already been published so if you're looking for new works this is not the book for you.
What the author does here is unique in that I haven't read another book like it yet. From his extensive reading of books about the afterlife (he is a Professor of Religion) he compiles an overview of what life is like after we die, according to spirits who have spoken through mediums.
The author's goal is to help people form a more realistic view of the afterlife then the ones offered by religions (Christianity in particular with its limited view of either hell with fire and eternal punishment, or heaven with harps and clouds.)
The books he takes his information from are:
Letters From The Afterlife by Elsa Barker
Life In The World Unseen by Anthony Borgia
The Afterlife Of Leslie Stringfellow by Stephen Chism
The Road To Immortality by Geraldine Cummins
Testimony Of Light by Helen Greaves
Spirit Teaching by Stainton Moses
Witness From Beyond by Mattson Taylor
Evidence From Beyond by Mattson Taylor
Each chapter focuses on one medium/spirit and gives a brief intro about them. Each chapter gives lots of direct quotes from the spirits about different aspects of the afterlife, like: what different regions (spheres) of the afterlife exist; what people do in the afterlife; what our soul's purpose is; where corrupt, evil-doers go and what "evil" forces really are; and much more.
The last chapter summerizes 44 points about the afterlife (as covered in the book) that seem the most interesting to the author. Some of these points include, randomly (and I quote from the book):
2. The Afterworld begins at the earth's surface and extends outward....
4. Earth's slow vibrations dumb down our ability to sense the presense of spirit, including the Divine....
5. The newly "dead" are thoroughly themselves when they pass. Their personalities, habits and character, for better for worse, are completely intact.
7. ... life in the astral is more vivid and intense then on earth, not more ghostly....
10. AD Mattson's trip to other inhabited planets revealed a divine plan very much like the one just sketched....
11. The Afterlife is a broad based society of every conceivable kind of person, most of them flawed and incomplete in some way....
16. Many astral inhabitants maintain a lively interest in the events of Earth and long to help it progress...
21. There are hellish regions in the astral, and large populations that make their home there....
26. There are three basic ways to progress in the Afterlife:...
28. There are no masks in the astral. You cannot hide from others what you are....
32. Spirits in the astral meet Christ-like beings....
Overall, if you want to know what you have to look forward to when you pass over, you will enjoy this book very much and it will give you a solid overview of what the spirits tell us about the afterlife. And this book will introduce you to seven of the best books from mediums/spirts, if you don't already know of them.
The effect of culture is particularly evident in near-death experiences were Westerners see tunnels of light, Angels, Jesus, or past relatives and Indian near-death experiences do not usually see a tunnel of light and experience often the King of death,Yama's messengers bringing them to him only to find out they got the wrong guy named Krishna. The most revealing part of this book to me is that religious studies is a lot more liberal than its cousin academic philosophy. My congratulations on the author's moral courage to present his views and environment that is usually hostile even to the idea of a non-reductionist metaphsics.
In Chris Carter's series of books on the paranormal and afterlife a wide variety of evidence and experience is examined for the reality of the afterlife but in various cross-cultural interpretations. I myself have a background in Buddhist philosophy but also in analytical philosophy, and even though I am a Buddhist I always examine the evidence. For me to accept the various levels of afterlife that are expressed in this book I would have to have evidence coming from other traditions that were not permeated with the spiritualist worldview.Science and the Afterlife Experience: Evidence for the Immortality of Consciousness
You might say I am agnostic about the form and content of the continuing consciousness after death while accepting that it does continue. The major problem I have with the view that we choose much of what happens to us comes from having seen a lot of war and suffering in my life. The kind of glib New Age idea carried over from spiritualism that we choose the conditions that we are born into could only come from a kind of middle class or upper class privileged upbringing.
The book is a good read for those who are already convinced of this kind of afterlife, but it certainly does not provide much real evidence that most of this information does not come from a culturally biased unconscious of mediums. So one can argue that as a Buddhist I should believe in karma in the sense of a kind of force of moral justification which in some senses matches the spiritualist.view. There was a time when I believe this, however the best evidence for survival I believe is found in the works of Ian Stevenson on reincarnation and some of the cases of near-death experience where no brain function exists yet the dying person at information they could not obtain except paranormaly.
There is no evidence in Stevenson's work or those whoi carried on his work, of a kind of a moral justice in reincarnation but there is evidence of a carryover of thoughts and even physical form from the previous incarnation. This does coincide with one of the subtler doctrines of karma that holds that it is a formative energy the direct result of will actions and karmic forces that are not necessarily moral but a continum
Some of the author's remarks about his students who come into his class with preset notions about a Christian Heaven or Buddhist reincarnation smack of a kind of academic triumphalism that you usually see in people like the new atheists.
I would certainly recommend this book for people who generally except in some form the traditional spiritualist worldview but not for someone who's actually looking for proof of the forms and states of the afterlife. There are too many unanswered questions and issues and reminds me in some respects of the various Buddhist realms of existence for which the best of my knowledge there is no empirical evidence to support.New Atheism as a Cult of Intellect
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Was captivating. A must read for anyone interested in the afterlife.