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There Is Life After Death: Compelling Reports from Those Who Have Glimpsed the Afterlife Paperback – November 1, 2009
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Roy Abraham Varghese has worked on the interface between science and religion for over two decades. His book Cosmos, Bios, Theos had contributions from 24 Nobel Prize-winning scientists and was described in Time Magazine as "the year's most intriguing book about God." Another of his books, Cosmic Beginnings and Human Ends, won a Templeton Book Prize. Most recently, Varghese coauthored There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind. He was a panelist at the science and religion forum in the Parliament of World Religions held in Chicago in 1993, and an invitee and participant in the Millennium World Peace Summit of religious and spiritual leaders held at the United Nations in 2000. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
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For example, let me quote from page 33:
"At the risk of giving away the ending before I even start, let me share the picture that I(italicized) have drawn from the dots:
*The human person is an irreducible union of matter and spirit.
*Upon death, the person continues to exist, albeit in an unnatural state.
*Depending on the choices made in this life, one spends eternity with God or in self-imposed separation from God.
*At some point, the soul of the person animates a body again, but one which is free of earthly imperfections and also capable of restoring you to the fullness of the person you were on earth (this last idea is a central tenet of Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and can only be justified on the basis of acceptance of a specific claim of divine revelation)."
In addition to the grammatical errors of the last point, I see no evidence in other NDE accounts of the reanimation of the body! In actuality, this text is about dissing "physicalists"("fundamaterialists", "relataivists," "naturalists," and New Age "reincarnationists" -- the last rather puzzling, considering his own above-stated philosophy.
Then the author departs from the subject matter entirely, with long, boring chapters on "universal testimony" -- citing beliefs of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, China, Africa, Persia; then analyses of Judaism, Christianity (with long digressions on purgatory, intercession of the saints, and resurrection of the body), followed by a whole chapter on "visitations" -- Medjugorje, Kibeho, St. Faustina Kowalska -- I personally have stopped reading the book by now and am just skimming the voluminous headings, reading a paragraph here and there, finding that this book is little more than a summary of one man's personal opinion.
Bottom line? Save your money ... or spend it on other far more worthy books on the subject, such as Long's "Evidence of the After Life: The Science of NDEs" or many other truly scientific approaches to this tantalizing hypothesis.
To me this thorough and organized book is based on science and stems throughout recorded time with global recordings. The author list reports that reflect similarity even though the data is not related in time, religion and location.
There are recordings of the hereafter; heaven, hell and purgatory. The book lays all the information out for us to interpret.
I will copy part of a paragraph of the fourth message from Chapter 4 (The Hereafter Here and Now--Visions of Heaven, Hell, and the Grateful Dead).
"We fail the dead by forgetting about them. Life after death is not simply an individualistic affair. It is a state that affirms the solidarity of those who departed this world with their families, friends, and all other humans in the here-and-now."
It seemed to start off OK, discussing the various thinking through the ages by people around the world, but as I read the book I got more and more uncomfortable with it - the writer's chief argument for life after death seemed to be that most religions have an afterlife in one form or another, so it must be true.
He mentioned the major religions but by the time I got to the 50% mark on my Kindle, I realised that instead of discussing actual NDEs, more and more space was being given to Christian thinking - Catholic thinking in particular. He crows about some Protestants who embrace certain parts of Catholic belief (especially on purgatory and saints) and contemptuously dismisses reincarnation and spiritualists.
I quickly realised the writer was out to prove the "truth" of Heaven, Fiery Hell, Purgatory, Jesus and Mother Mary according to Catholic dogma, and couldn't wade on through the rubbish from there (I even found the book insulting, which is often the feeling I get when I'm being preached at).
It reminds me of the book "Heaven Is For Real", written on behalf of a boy who nearly died on the operating table, by his father an evangelising fundamentalist Pastor.
I agree with the one & two-star reviews here.
-- Alice R. Berntson, New Connexion
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