Beyond the Threshold: Afterlife Beliefs and Experiences in World Religions

Christopher M. Moreman, Author . Rowman & Littlefield $39.95 (301p) ISBN 978-0-7425-6228-8

California State University philosophy professor Moreman surveys ideas about the afterlife taught in world religions and manifest in psychic phenomena in this ambitious but pedestrian book. The breadth of his research is impressive, and the inclusion of the paranormal and inexplicable—mediums, past-life memories, near-death experiences, apparitions—affords a rational look at what many have taken seriously in a variety of cultures and epochs. The author is at his best in a concluding chapter that explains manifestations of the transcendent. Drawn from previous work, the final chapter shows more editorial polish than the rest of the book, which suffers from dull academic prose, frequently in the passive voice. On the whole, this could be a useful text for students, but less attractive for general readers. (Nov.)

Reviewed on: 10/27/2008
Release date: 09/01/2008
Genre: Religion
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