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  •  The book doesn't mention Jesus (4+ / 0-)

    and in fact although the author considers himself a Christian, he's being attacked for failing to uphold Christian dogma in the things he says he saw.

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    by Noisy Democrat on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 09:08:35 PM PST

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    •  in my comment i used the word 'jesus' to highlight (3+ / 0-)
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      the idea that as a christian, the author was experiencing the christian heaven and the christian deity.  I chose the word 'jesus' over the word 'god' because the word 'god' is too generic to imply only the christian concept of the term.

      I'm sure that you are correct with respect to the book, but my comment was not about the book; it was about the generic religious experience, wherein the believer always receives proof in the existence of his/her deity as he/she imagines that deity to be.

      •  But see that's the point (1+ / 0-)
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        The author didn't receive proof of the deity as he imagined the deity. He had a different experience than that. He didn't experience the Christian heaven or the Christian deity. That's why some Christians are attacking him.

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        by Noisy Democrat on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 06:30:49 AM PST

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    •  Actually, and I looked for this closely, (1+ / 0-)
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      the book does mention Jesus twice, but only in passing, and Jesus is not included in the index.

      As I said above, as a very religious Catholic, I don't think this book is inconsistent with Christianity.

      * * * I'll stop there for now.  Have many more thoughts!

      •  I'm Catholic too (2+ / 0-)
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        and go to Mass every week, and I love this book. I think Christians who have a problem with this book are too wedded to a certain brand of dogma. Dr. Alexander's experience isn't inconsistent with what Christ taught, for sure, but it is troublesome for some fire-and-brimstone versions of Christianity, and for Christians who want to hear that only members of their own church are loved by God.

        Actually, this book has given me a lot of food for thought during Mass, the last few weeks. It would be very interesting to explore in a systematic way what near-death experiences might teach us about the deeper meanings of Catholic teaching.

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        by Noisy Democrat on Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 06:34:24 AM PST

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