The Case for Heaven

Wednesday, 31 Aug 2016

The stories can be moving, the information titillating, the implications significant, the foundation groundless.
Near-death experience stories are neither to be discounted as total fabrication nor recalibrated as a final apologetic for the Christian case for heaven. The little-known secret—to those who have studied the matter and the numerous who have not—is that near-death experience stories have been around as long as humans have been telling stories. Once while reading The Odyssey, I happened upon expressions about death that made me wonder if the themes of darkness and entanglements were not the residue of near-death experiences. A careful reading of Virgil’s brilliant Roman counter-story, The ...

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