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Is There Life After Death?

Is There Life After Death?

14 Recommended Books Exploring Life After Death & Reincarnation

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See also:  Exploring the Great Beyond:  Our Inner Constitution, Psychism & Life After Death

Where Are They Now?

"More than [6,400 million] human beings inhabit this Earth of ours:  every day . . . 100,000 ['s] of them die and a similar number is born.  This colossal drama has gone on for tens of thousands of years: perhaps for hundreds of thousands, of which history retains no record.   The endless procession of humanity has come out of the unknown, crossed the lighted stage of human life and disappeared again into the unknown. . . .

Each one of these passing millions was a human being with loves and fears, hopes and dreams like our own.  To what goal and what purpose is all this?  What has become of this vast procession which has disappeared into the past:  where are they now?  They have disappeared from the eyes of their successors as though they had never been..... [And we in turn] for a few short years try to weave our own dreams into realities on the same spinning orb.  And what strange dreams men have!  They know they, too, will die...."  

Raynor  C. Johnson in The Imprisoned Spendour (1953).

Where Are They Now?
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The Death and Afterlife Book

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The Death and Afterlife Book: The Encyclopedia of Death, Near Death, and Life after Death
by James R. Lewis
Foreword by Raymond A. Moody, Jr.

Popular, historical and cultural aspects of death and the hereafter are explored and explained, including heaven, hell, reincarnation, communication with the dead and the rise of spiritualism, deathbed visions, the hospice movement and many other items. The Death and Afterlife Book considers the evidence and relates thousands of years of belief and understanding on a topic that's inevitably of interest to all. From The Publisher.

 


What Survives?

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What Survives?:   Contemporary Explorations of Life After Death
Edited by Gary Doore

This book is an excellent collection of essays by Ken Wilber, Michael Grosso, Stephen Levine, Robert Almeder, Kenneth Ring, Soygal Rinpoche, Ram Dass, Charles Tart, Rupert Sheldrake, D. Scott Rogo and Stan Grof.


Death and Personal Survival

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Death and Personal Survival
by Robert F. Almeder


In a style that is both philosophically sophisticated and accessible to general readers, Robert Almeder introduces readers to the vigorous debate in the scientific community about the possibility of personal survival after death. He argues that belief in some form of personal survival is as empirically justifiable as our belief in the past existence of dinosaurs. Drawing on 21 of the best case studies in reincarnation, apparitions of the dead, ostensible possession, out-of-body experiences, and trance mediumships, "Death and Personal Survival" offers a comprehensive discussion of the best empirical evidence in each of these areas and refutes alternative explanations offered by sceptics.
--- From The Publisher.

Exploring the Great Beyond

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Exploring the Great Beyond
by Geoffrey A. Farthing

Here is an excellent overview and survey of H.P. Blavatsky's Theosophical teachings on psychic phenomena, life after death and reincarnation.

See also:  Exploring the Great Beyond:  Our Inner Constitution, Psychism & Life After Death

 


How Different Religions View Death & Afterlife

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How Different Religions View Death & Afterlife
Edited by Christopher Jay Johnson and Marsha G. McGee

This book surveys the death & afterlife beliefs of about 20 different religions in a very easy-to-understand manner. Each religion's death beliefs are prefaced by a concise background or history, putting the information on death beliefs into context.


The Near Death Experience: A Reader

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The Near Death Experience: A Reader
Edited by Lee Worth Bailey and Jenny L. Yates

The Near Death Experience: A Reader is the most comprehensive collection of NDE cases and interpretations ever assembled. This book encompasses a broad range of disciplines: psychological researchers discuss cognitive models and Jungian theories of meaningful archetypal phenomena; the biological perspective describes how brains near death may produce soothing endorphins, optical illusions, and convincing hallucinations. Philosophers present empirical analyses and images in archetypal theories, and the symbolic language of comparative phenomenological theories. Christian, Jewish and Mormon responses to NDEs outline the religious perspective, and the mystical and spiritual interpretations of NDEs are also explored. --- From The Publisher.


Reincarnation:  A New Horizon in Science, Religion, & Society

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Reincarnation:   A New Horizon in Science, Religion, & Society
by Sylvia Cranston and Carey Williams

This comprehensive presentation examines scientific evidence of reincarnation, case histories, near death experiences, heredity, genius, etc. Explores social and religious issues. --- From The Publisher.


Children Who Remember Previous Lives

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Children Who Remember Previous Lives:  A Question of Reincarnation, rev. ed.
by Ian Stevenson

This is the revised edition of Dr. Stevenson’s 1987 book, summarizing for general readers almost forty years of experience in the study of children who claim to remember previous lives. For many Westerners the idea of reincarnation seems remote and bizarre; it is the author’s intent to correct some common misconceptions. New material relating to birthmarks and birth defects, independent replication studies with a critique of criticisms, and recent developments in genetic study are included. The work gives an overview of the history of the belief in and evidence for reincarnation. Representative cases of children, research methods used, analyses of the cases and of variations due to different cultures, and the explanatory value of the idea of reincarnation for some unsolved problems in psychology and medicine are reviewed. --- From The Publisher.


Immortal Remains

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Immortal Remains: The Evidence for Life After Death
by Stephen E. Braude

Do you believe in ghosts? Chances are you're either too willing, or not willing enough, to believe that personal consciousness survives after bodily death. Some underestimate the evidence for life after death, not realizing how impressive the most convincing cases are. Others overestimate it, rejecting alternative explanations too readily. In fact, several non-survivalist explanations--hidden or latent linguistic or artistic talents, extreme memory, even psychic abilities--are as interesting as the hypothesis of survival, and may be more plausible than their critics realize.

Immortal Remains takes a fresh look at some of the most puzzling cases suggesting life after death, and considers how to tell evidence for an afterlife from evidence for exotic things (including psychic things) done by the living. Author Stephen E. Braude, who has done extensive research in parapsychology and dissociation, explores previously ignored issues about dissociation, creativity, linguistic skills, and the nature and limits of human abilities. He concludes that we have some reason, finally, for believing in life after death.  --- From The Publisher.


Parapsychology, Philosophy, and Spirituality

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Parapsychology, Philosophy, and Spirituality
by David Ray Griffin

In this book, David Ray Griffin, best known for his work on the problem of evil, turns his attention to the even more controversial topic of parapsychology. Griffin examines why scientists, philosophers, and theologians have held parapsychology in disdain and argues that neither a priori philosophical attacks nor wholesale rejection of the evidence can withstand scrutiny. After articulating a constructive postmodern philosophy that allows the parapsychological evidence to be taken seriously. Griffin examines this evidence extensively. He identifies four types of repeatable phenomena that suggest the reality of extrasensory perception and psychokinesis. Then, on the basis of a nondualistic distinction between mind and brain, which makes the idea of life after death conceivable, he examines five types of evidence for the reality of life after death: messages from mediums; apparitions; cases of the possession type; cases of the reincarnation type; and out-of-body experiences. His philosophical and empirical examinations of these phenomena suggest that they provide support for a postmodern spirituality that overcomes the thinness of modern religion without returning to supernaturalism. --- From The Publisher.


Is There Life After Death?

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Is There Life After Death?:   An Examination of the Empirical Evidence
by David Lester

People have believed in the existence of life after death throughout human history and in all regions of the world. Mere belief, however, does not make it true. What is the empirical evidence for life after death? Has any significant research been conducted, and if so, what conclusions does it suggest?

In fact there exists a large body of research on topics relevant to the question of life after death. This book objectively examines that research, drawing together the observations of social science regarding such phenomena as reincarnation, near-death experiences, deathbed visions, cases of possession by dead spirits, and apparitions of the deceased. It considers possibilities including survival of consciousness and survival of personality, and reflects on the logical problems inherent in any model of postmortem survival.

The author concludes that the best research reviewed in this book fails to be convincing that there is a life after death. --- From The Publisher and the author.


Reincarnation:   The Phoenix Fire Mystery
Compiled  and edited by Sylvia Cranston

The classic anthology, offering ancient and modern perspectives on Job's question: "If a man die, shall he live again?" Spanning over 5,000 years of world thought, the selections invite consideration of an idea that has found hospitality in the greatest minds of history.

"Filled with encouragement, with the extraordinary eloquence of poetry, myth and religion . . . A massive encyclopedic gathering from the religions of both East and West, from science, psychology, philosophy." -- Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times

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Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect

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Where Reincarnation and Biology Intersect
by Ian Stevenson


Children who claim to remember a previous life have been found in many parts of the world, particularly in the Buddhist and Hindu countries of South Asia, among the Shiite peoples of Lebanon and Turkey, the tribes of West Africa, and the American northwest. Stevenson has collected over 2,600 reported cases of past-life memories of which 65 detailed reports have been published. Specific information from the children's memories has been collected and matched with the data of their former identity, family, residence, and manner of death. Birthmarks or other physiological manifestations have been found to relate to experiences of the remembered past life, particularly violent death. Writing as a specialist in psychiatry and as a world-renowned scientific investigator of reported paranormal events, Stevenson asks us to suspend our Western tendencies to disbelieve in "reincarnation" and consider the reality of the burgeoning record of cases now available. --- From The Publisher.

Mediumship and Survival

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Mediumship and Survival: A Century of Investigations
by Alan Gauld

Whether or not we survive physical death is one of humanity's most fundamental concerns. Here Dr. Gauld draws on a century of evidence from a wide variety of sources -- mediumship, reincarnation, obsession, possession, hauntings and apparitions all seem to indicate survival. This is a compulsively readable assessment of evidence for and against survival and an excellent introduction to the whole field of psychical research. --- From The Publisher.


See also:  Exploring the Great Beyond:  Our Inner Constitution, Psychism & Life After Death

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