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This elegantly written book shows a greater command of the empirical data than any other work on the subject by a philosopher, and no other philosophical work on the survival of death deals with the conceptual issues with greater subtlety or thoroughness. Stephen E. Braude, author of ESP and Psychokinesis: A Philosophical Examination and The Limits of Influence: Psychokinesis and the Philosophy of Science
This is a very thorough integration of the data from parapsychology, both experimental and anecdotal, into the philosophical discussions concerning the nature and role of consciousness. The scholarship is sound, and the issues raised in this book are very hot topics in the academic community, especially among philosophers and cognitive scientists. Richard S. Broughton, Director, Institute for Parapsychology
An informative book about parapsychology that I can recommend highly to all philosophers and theologians. Ian Stevenson, M.D., Carlson Professor of Psychiatry, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center"

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David Ray Griffin is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology, School of Theology at Claremont and Claremont Graduate School. He is the author of Evil Revisited: Responses and Reconsiderations and coeditor (with Sandra Lubarsky) of Jewish Theology and Process Thought, both published by SUNY Press, and has authored or edited sixteen other books.

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  • Series: Constructive Postmodern Thought
  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press; F First Edition edition (January 9, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791433161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791433164
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,459,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Being a spiritually minded person as well as a 9/11 Truth advocate familiar with David Ray Griffin's many excellent books on 9/11, and knowing that he was a professor of religion and theology, I became very curious to learn what Professor Griffin's views might be on Spirituality. This curiosity led me to "Parapsychology, Philosophy, and Spirituality--A Postmodern Exploration," the publication of which predated 9/11 by four years. In this scholarly work, Professor Griffin pays serious attention to the controversial subject of parapsychology, and intensely focuses on non-mainstream topics such as messages from mediums, reincarnation, and out-of-body experiences (OBEs). With seeming inevitability, Professor Griffin concludes that "there is formidable evidence of life after death." However, it is not so much the conclusion but the analysis and presentation of the direct evidence leading to that conclusion which makes this book such an absolutely rewarding read.

Professor Griffin comes across as a bit of a rebel when identifying "the central task of philosophy: to criticize the prevailing worldview(s) and to suggest a better one," an assessment that endeared him to this reader. For the record, I am also in accord with Professor Griffin's own "fully naturalistic" worldview which "allows humans again to feel kinship with the rest of nature, and...encourages reverence for life in all of its forms."

In this book, Professor Griffin uses the term "parapsychology" as a synonym for "psychic research.
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David Ray Griffin is a relatively well-known theologian in the United States. Or at least *was* a theologian before he joined the Truth Movement and became a conspiracy theorist. The various books in the "SUNY Series in Constructive Postmodern Thought" were written before 9/11. It should be noted at the outset that Griffin uses the term "postmodern" in a somewhat idiosyncratic fashion. Essentially, he has appropriated the term and pinned it on his own variant of process theology. This brand of liberal Christianity is based on the philosophical works of Alfred North Whithead, Charles Hartshorne and (arguably) Griffin himself. Real postmodern thinkers would most certainly regard Whitehead's all-knowing metaphysics as a parody of early, pre-Kantian modernity. Indeed, Whitehead's works seem to be taken more seriously by theologians than philosophers - but then, that might actually be a commendation, considering the pseudo-intellectual vandals philosophers *do* take seriously.

"Parapsychology, philosophy and spirituality" is an extended pitch, directed at scientists and philosophers, to take parapsychology seriously. Griffin argues that parapsychology is a bona fide science, and that its findings strongly suggest that paranormal phenomena are real. He discusses a broad range of such phenomena: telepathy, clairvoyance, out-of-body experiences, reincarnation, mediumistic messages, etc. CSICOP won't like this book!

Griffin then attempts to explain the phenomena from the viewpoint of process theology. Apparently, many process theologians reject the idea of an immortal soul or life after death. So did Griffin until he turned to parapsychology, at which point he changed his mind in favour of the idea of an immortal soul.
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I have read a number of books on parapsychology and regard this one as the most important I've read to date. Griffin is to be applauded for his courage and originality. I would like to dialogue with anyone (including the author) who might wish to delve deeper into the book's philosphical and political implications.
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