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A Novel set in the Afterlife by Stafford Betty

Posted on 29 January 2024, 13:44

My new novel, Guardians of the Afterworld, has just been released. It’s the third such novel. The others are

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Even if Religion Didn’t Exist There Would be an Afterlife

Posted on 09 May 2023, 14:19

University of Texas philosopher Paul Woodruff recently wrote in an oped, “My death is close. But I do not think of myself as dying.” This is typical…

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A Meditation on War from a Spirit Perspective

Posted on 07 July 2022, 10:28

What follows is a meditation on war. Specifically, what do our spirit friends thing about the war in Ukraine? Is there a clash of wills. Though a work of fiction, it is based on my research, as found in my books The Afterlife Unveiled and

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Toward a Rehabilitation of Purgatory and Hell

Posted on 23 November 2021, 18:58

Elderly Catholics will remember the deep uneasiness they felt at the prospect of going to Purgatory. For them Purgatory sounded like Hell with a happy ending in a very distant future. In their parochial schools they were taught that if they were fortunate enough to avoid Hell, their souls would still…

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A Philosopher’s Salvation

Posted on 21 June 2020, 13:47

The word salvation is seldom met in a work of philosophy, but Luc Ferry, a celebrated French philosopher with a wide following and best-selling books to his credit, thinks he has found it—but not in the usual places. Can we learn from him something new, something we’ve missed that might be helpful…

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Why COVID-19 doesn’t scare me to death

Posted on 11 April 2020, 10:02

Unlike so many of the world’s population, I am not terrified of dying. I respect death and want to avoid it, of course, and I take reasonable precautions to postpone it as long as possible. What leads up to death, as long as it’s not sudden, is usually painful and thoroughly unpleasant, but the moment…

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Murder and Arson in a Secular World

Posted on 22 November 2018, 10:03

As I write, thirteen people, the latest victims of a mass shooting, this time in Thousand Oaks, are dead. Elsewhere in the state we see a different kind of threat. Brush fires are raging in Ventura County, and Malibu has been evacuated. Chico, a city of 90,000, is threatened with the same kind of…

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Our Unreasonable Fear of Death

Posted on 27 January 2018, 15:50

When Samantha was just shy of her fifth birthday—an age when her delight in every manner of living creature was well underway—she noticed a slug on the sidewalk.

This was the same slug she noticed just a few hours earlier, slowly crawling down the front steps of her home. Only…

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Is your child’s “imaginary friend” imaginary or real? A case study

Posted on 22 January 2018, 13:30

On a trip home last week to visit family, I met Brenda, aged 67, at a neighborhood gathering. The strange story she told us lit up the dinner table. I had just mentioned I wrote a middle-grade novel about a clairvoyant child, and Brenda’s husband said that Brenda, who was back in the kitchen, had…

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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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Missing Time by Budd Hopkins – Since World War II, tens of thousands of reports of unidentified flying objects have been gathered, officially and unofficially, by the United States Air Force and myriad other governmental and civilian investigative organizations around the world.1 Like Astronaut McDivitt’s “cylinder with antennas,” these objects are often described as being mechanically structured, metallic, and very frequently as behaving as if they were under intelligent control. The thousands of similar, enigmatic reports from across the world mean that no matter what realities may lie behind it, the UFO phenomenon exists as an undeniable fact of life. Read here
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