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Heaven and Visions of Life After Life

Jerry L. Walls

in Heaven

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195113020
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834815 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195113020.003.0007
 Heaven and Visions of Life After Life

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An examination is made of data from near‐death experiences from the standpoint of some important recent work in epistemology, and arguments are presented that they offer positive evidence for life after death (heaven). Among the persons whose work on near‐death experiences is discussed are Raymond Moody, Allan Kellehear, Carol Zaleski, Susan Blackmore (a critic who believes that near‐death experiences can be explained in purely naturalistic terms), Bruce Greyson, Alvin Plantinga, and William Alston. The views of Carol Zaleski (who offers a sympathetic account of near‐death experiences intended as an alternative to naturalistic approaches), and of Alvin Plantinga and William Alston (who are leading Christian epistemologists) are examined in detail.

Keywords: Christianity; epistemology; heaven; near‐death experiences

Chapter.  15426 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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