Beyond The Threshold: Afterlife Beliefs & Experiences In...
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.
Beyond the Threshold is the first book to seriously consider the interplay between traditional world religions and metaphysical experiences in exploring the timeless question of what happens when we die. Christopher M. Moreman examines and compares the beliefs and practices of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism, as well as psychic phenomena such as mediums and near-death experiences. 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.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Introduction Part One: An Overview of Beliefs in an Afterlife from Major World Religions Chapter 1: Ancient Conceptions Chapter 2: Judaism Chapter 3: Christianity Chapter 4: Islam Chapter 5: Hinduism Chapter 6: Buddhism Chapter 7: Chinese Religions Part Two: An Overview of the Research into Experiences of an Afterlife Chapter 8: Mediumship Chapter 9: Apparitions and Hauntings Chapter 10: Near-Death and Out-of-the-Body Experiences Chapter 11: Past-Life Memories Part Three: Beliefs and Experiences: An Attempt at Synthesis Chapter 12: Comparison of the Beliefs Chapter 13: Comparison of the Evidence Chapter 14: Conclusions Bibliography Index About the Authors