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Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Michael N. Marsh

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

Personalised accounts of out-of-body (OBE) and near-death (NDE) experiences are frequently interpreted as offering evidence for immortality and an afterlife. Since most OBE/NDE follow severe ... More


Near‐Death Experiences, Real and Make‐Believe

Yulia Ustinova

in Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind: Descending Underground in the Search for Ultimate Truth

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199548569
eISBN:
9780191720840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548569.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

The Greeks knew of at least two ways of ‘brushing with death’: near-death experiences and mystery initiations. The chapter surveys literary descriptions of passages through darkness in the visions of ... More


Cave Experiences and the Human Mind

Yulia Ustinova

in Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind: Descending Underground in the Search for Ultimate Truth

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199548569
eISBN:
9780191720840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548569.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter surveys the wealth of literature on altered states of consciousness which in many cases lead to the sensation of ineffable revelation of superhuman truth. Altered states of consciousness ... More


Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy

Jerry L. Walls

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195113020
eISBN:
9780199834815
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195113020.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The Christian doctrine of heaven has been a moral source of enormous power in Western culture. It has provided a striking account of the ultimate good in life and has for two millennia animated the ... More


Heaven and Visions of Life After Life

Jerry L. Walls

in Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195113020
eISBN:
9780199834815
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195113020.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Theology

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 ... More


Getting a Sense of the Other‐Worldly Domain

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

This chapter shows that out-of-body (OB) and near-death (ND) experiences, despite conflation by experients and authors, stand as separate phenomena. OBE involves the viewing of subjects' bodies from ... More


Dying: A Transition

Monika Renz

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780231170888
eISBN:
9780231540230
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231170888.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Gerontology and Ageing

This book introduces a process-based, patient-centered approach to palliative care that substantiates an indication-oriented treatment and radical reconsideration of our transition to death. Drawing ... More


Surveying Past Horizons

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

This chapter focuses on greater in-depth criticism of extra-corporeal experience (ECE) phenomenology related to its interpretation and meaning and, more generally, to its cultural relativity — ... More


Subjects' Interpretations of Their Experiences

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

This chapter examines the consequences of near-death experience (NDE) on the subsequent lives of these experients. Most subjects are changed by their experience(s), becoming more tolerant towards ... More


The Flowering of Metaphysical Religion

Robert C. Fuller

in Spiritual, but not Religious: Understanding Unchurched America

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195146806
eISBN:
9780199834204
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195146808.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Metaphysical spirituality has found a receptive audience among middle‐class Americans. The New Thought movement combined mesmerist psychology and the “power of positive thinking” to show Americans ... More


Beyond the Theories: A Deeper Reality?

John C. Gibbs

in Moral Development and Reality: Beyond the Theories of Kohlberg, Hoffman, and Haidt

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199976171
eISBN:
9780190256272
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199976171.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Developmental Psychology

This chapter explores the relationship of moral development and behavior to a deeper reality. It considers the near-death experience phenomenon because of its potentially major implications for moral ... More


 Why an Investigation of Paranormal Experience Should Be an Essential Component of a Course on Death

L. Stafford Betty

in Teaching Death and Dying

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195335224
eISBN:
9780199868810
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335224.003.0022
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

A good course on death does more than explore the way we die and grieve. It does more than show us how to prepare a living will or to decide whether physician-assisted suicide is ethical. It does ... More


 Life After Death: An Overview of Contemporary Beliefs for Teachers

Paul Badham

in Teaching Death and Dying

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195335224
eISBN:
9780199868810
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335224.003.0021
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter was originally written as a guide for teachers in Britain responsible for teaching Philosophy of Religion to Advanced Level Students. The “A” Level examination is taken at age 18 in ... More


Objective Analyses into ECE Subjectivity

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

This chapter argues that the foundation for much out-of-body and near-death phenomenology is the recovering brain, which provides the neuronal basis for whatever bits of those phenomenologies are ... More


Other Neurophysiological Aspects Pertinent to ECE Phenomenology

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

This chapter elucidates other possible neurophysiological aetiologies of extra-corporeal experience (ECE). These include such items as endorphins, hypoxia, nitrous oxide, and carbon dioxide narcosis, ... More


New Currents and Old Streams, 1960–2000

Gary Scott Smith

in Heaven in the American Imagination

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199738953
eISBN:
9780199897346
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738953.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

During this period, many Christians emphasized several long-standing themes about heaven, most notably the majesty and glory of God, the splendor of paradise, and heavenly worship and rewards. More ... More


ECE, Revelation, and Spirituality

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

Since extra-corporeal experiences (ECEs) are widely alleged to offer new insights into phenomena exemplary of the afterlife, there is an imperative to examine these experiential claims. This chapter ... More


Caring for Patients at the End of Life: Facing an Uncertain Future Together

Timothy Quill

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2011
ISBN:
9780195139402
eISBN:
9780199999859
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195139402.001.0001
Subject:
Palliative Care, Patient Care and End-of-Life Decision Making, Palliative Medicine and Older People

In this book, the author uses his wide range of clinical experience caring for severely ill patients and their families to illustrate the challenges and potential of end-of-life care. Section One ... More


Authors' Interpretations of ECE Phenomenology

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

This chapter considers the manner in which authors have, themselves, elucidated gross phemomenologies of out-of-body (OB) and near-death (ND) experiences. This is most important in providing the ... More


Falling Asleep, Perchance to Dream—Thence to Reawaken

Michael N. Marsh

in Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences: Brain-State Phenomena or Glimpses of Immortality?

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199571505
eISBN:
9780191722059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571505.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, Theology

This chapter continues the neurological theme relating to the realms of conscious-awareness and its disturbances, and their relevance to extra-corporeal experience (ECE) phenomenology. It makes a ... More


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