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Why Don’t Progressive Jews Believe in an Afterlife?  Are They Missing Something?

Posted on 05 November 2014, 15:11

Shirley was in her mid-nineties when she died.  Long ago she lost faith in Jewish religious teachings, but she loved her people and frequently wrote of Jewish life, even religious life, in our local newspaper.  She was a “cultural Jew” and a member of the local Reformed Jewish synagogue.…

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John Adams’ Dying Report of Thomas Jefferson Misunderstood

Posted on 04 December 2013, 9:47

One of the most astonishing coincidences in world history was the deaths of John Adams, (below) America’s second president, and Thomas Jefferson, its third.  They both died, 500 miles apart, on July 4, 1826, exactly fifty years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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The Chess Match between Heaven and Earth

Posted on 25 September 2013, 9:13

I’ve enjoyed chess since I was a boy and studied a few books on the game.  Nothing I ever read, however, compares with the match played out of two different worlds: our own earth and—apparently—the world to come.  The match is meticulously described in 14 pages by Oxford-trained Chris Carter,…

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“Scientific Fundamentalism”: Reply to a Materialist

Posted on 29 May 2013, 12:51

A few weeks ago a broadside in the local newspaper blasted me and what I represent.  The writer was a psychiatrist.

For him the self is “lodged squarely in the field of clinical and research psychology, where it is rigorously defined as a creation of the brain’s frontal lobes.” …

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Philosophy Majors Take Note:  Dualism Is on the Comeback

Posted on 28 March 2013, 0:04

For many years academic philosophers have been waging a campaign, often stealthily, sometimes openly, against the age-old doctrine of the soul that most Americans over 30 were raised on.  This doctrine is known as dualism.  It’s the belief that matter and spirit, or body and soul, are different…

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Religion: Job Description for a Meaningful Life

Posted on 04 October 2012, 14:53

One of the first things I learned at St. Mary’s when I was five years old was that God knew me by name and would take me to heaven at death to live eternally with Him.  I hung on to that philosophy for the next twenty years.  It brightened my day when I woke up every morning.  It fortified…

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The World of Spirit According to Spiritualism

Posted on 23 July 2012, 15:19

Introduction

The last chapter of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s History of Spiritualism is titled “The After-Life As Seen by Spiritualists.”  After having studied hundreds of narratives deriving apparently from spirits living in the world beyond death, he concluded: …

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Is Reincarnation True? The Research of Ian Stevenson

Posted on 24 April 2012, 19:38

We live in time and are in constant flux.  We grow.  We diminish.  But a question arises.  Has the process been going on for a very long time?  Possibly even before our present life on earth?  I can’t remember a single event before my third year, but my parents tell me…

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Are We Supposed to Know about Life after Death?

Posted on 27 December 2011, 16:01

A Lesson from the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Sometimes I wonder if we are supposed to know what to expect after we die.  Maybe it’s part of the divine plan that we do not.  Are the spirits who tell us about their world through mediums flouting the plan?  Are they making it…

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Steve Jobs’ Final Words

Posted on 04 November 2011, 12:57

According to Steve Jobs’ sister Mona Simpson, who gave the eulogy at her brother’s memorial service on the campus of Stanford University October 16, Jobs’ final words were, “OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.”  From his deathbed he was looking past members of his family into the distance when he spoke these…

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The Role of Affinities and the Group-Soul by Anabela Cardoso – Affinities seem to play an important role in the next world. We have touched on the subject in a previous chapter and I have discussed it in earlier publications (Cardoso, 2010, 2003). Indeed, the meaning and importance of the Group-Soul described in the mediumistic literature, e.g. the information received purportedly from the deceased Frederic Myers by Geraldine Cummins (Cummins, 2012), have been emphasized in my own contacts. Read here
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