Life After Death Mass Market Paperback – Nov 23 1996
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“This book helps us to take the spiritual pulse of the times.…I admire the clear-headed honesty that seldom seems to desert Harpur.”
– Montreal Gazette
“A well-written and thought-provoking book, intensely interesting and, in places, challenging.”
“Stimulating and readable.…A judicious and many-sided account of a subject of unending concern. It should find many readers.”
–Canadian Jewish News
“Harpur is as lucid a guide to the hereafter as we are going to get in the here and now.”
–Globe and Mail
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
A former Rhodes scholar and professor of New Testament studies at Wycliffe College, Toronto, Tom Harpur is also an Anglican priest. He resigned from parish work in 1979 to write full-time in the mass media, in the process extending his “parish” to the whole of Canada. His work in newspapers, television, and his books, notably For Christ’s Sake and Life After Death, have consolidated his reputation as one of Canada’s pre-eminent religious voices and as a sound spiritual guide for modern times.
Top Customer Reviews
This Canadian author, priest, Rhodes scholar and columnist does a good job of presenting a remarkably unbiased viewpoint about the universal topic of life after death. Tom Harpur provides summaries of how most of the world’s major religions feel about life after death, he provides accounts of those who have had near death experiences and he discusses various scientifically based arguments for and against. Overall, the author does a fine job of shedding light on a topic that has interested man from the beginning of time.
As a side note, I would think that folks who have devout religious faith in a specific religion might not enjoy this book as much as somebody who does not have a fundamentalist point of view.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
He wrote in the Introduction to this 1991 book, "I am fully convinced that there is considerable evidence to be taken into account when trying to answer the question, Is there a God or not? But... there can be no proof of God's existence in the normal, scientific use of the word 'proof.' ... the best one can do is to gather all the available evidence, weigh it judiciously, and then make a decision based on a reasonable conclusion about where the evidence leads. I propose to follow the same principle here." (Pg. 18-19) The book begins with a discussion of NDEs, channelers, reincarnation, etc.; then he considers Christianity, and finally other world faiths.
He admits early on, "Although I was raised in an intensely religious home and have not just studied but have experienced the spiritual dimension of reality all my life, I have never had what I would label a paranormal experience." (Pg. 26)
Discussing Near-Death Experiences, he points out, "Leading figures in NDE research admit they don't know why some have the experience and others do not... However, given the wide use of memory suppressants in most serious operations, I find it noteworthy, not that many who experience clinical death during surgery don't have an NDE, but that so many appear to remember so clearly that they did." (Pg. 49-50)
He observes, "When I began my study of the historical Jesus ... I had no idea the argument and evidence would lead me where it did. Those who knew my Low Church, evangelical upbringing were greatly surprised at my conclusions... I have adopted the same approach in tackling the question of death and I have no doubt that some of my conclusions will not sit well with orthodox believers in many camps." (Pg. 312)
Those wanting a popular, "journalistic" approach to studying life after death will appreciate this book.