Beyond the Threshold: Afterlife Beliefs and Experiences in World Religions

Beyond the Threshold: Afterlife Beliefs and Experiences in World Religions

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by Christopher M. Moreman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742562298

ISBN-13: 9780742562295

Pub. Date: 11/16/2010

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

In every culture throughout history, people have asked the same fundamental question about what will happen to them when they die. From the underworld to the light at the end of the tunnel, beliefs and experiences of death abound. And even though we cannot know for sure what happens to us after death, our understanding of the afterlife can have a profound impact on

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In every culture throughout history, people have asked the same fundamental question about what will happen to them when they die. From the underworld to the light at the end of the tunnel, beliefs and experiences of death abound. And even though we cannot know for sure what happens to us after death, our understanding of the afterlife can have a profound impact on how we live. Beyond the Threshold is the first book to seriously examine the afterlife through the lens of both world religions and metaphysical experiences. Christopher M. Moreman includes an introduction to the afterlife beliefs of ancient cultures, which are essential to understanding the roots of many modern ideas about death. He examines the folklore and doctrines of major world religions, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. He also discusses psychic phenomena across traditions, such as mediums, near-death and out-of-body experiences, and past-life memories. While ultimately the afterlife remains unknowable, Moreman's unique, in-depth exploration of both beliefs and experiences can help readers reach their own understanding of the afterlife and how to live. No other book in the field approaches the issue of the afterlife from so many angles, but Moreman weaves them skillfully together into an accessible and engaging book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742562295
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/16/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 An Overview of Beliefs in an Afterlife from Major World Religions

Chapter 1 Ancient Conceptions 11

Chapter 2 Judaism 35

Chapter 3 Christianity 53

Chapter 4 Islam 77

Chapter 5 Hinduism 97

Chapter 6 Buddhism 117

Chapter 7 Chinese Religions 139

Part 2 An Overview of the Research into Experiences of an Afterlife

Chapter 8 Mediumship 161

Chapter 9 Apparitions and Hauntings 183

Chapter 10 Near-Dead, and Out-of-Body Experiences 207

Chapter 11 Past-Life Memories 227

Part 3 Beliefs and Experiences: An Attempt at a Synthesis

Chapter 12 Comparison of Beliefs 245

Chapter 13 Comparison of Phenomena 257

Chapter 14 Conclusions 269

Bibliography 283

Index 297

About the Author 301

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