I'm trying to remember a story I read some time ago. I'm 83% sure it was a novel, but there's a slim chance it was a short story. One key phrase sticks in my head: "Been down, goin' up!" I think the plot of the story was an intervention of a couple who, if left to their own devices, would give birth to the Antichrist. I don't think this was a religious book, instead I keep picturing a Neil Gaiman-esque author. Fantasy writing, but more along the lines of an American Gods-style fantasy. [more inside]
Are there any words for belief/nonbelief in an afterlife? If not, could you help me make some up? [more inside]
There are widespread reports that the Pope now claims that animals go to heaven, based on this article from the illustrious Daily Express newspaper, and in particular this line: “One day we will see our animals again in eternity of Christ’, Francis quoted Paul as saying. Is this a real quote attributed to Paul, or is the Express making shit up, or is Francis making shit up, or what is happening
Within the past year or two (approx.), there was a book published that laid out (in a somewhat light-hearted, abbreviated manner, for mass market) many various imaginings from religion, folklore, etc., of what life after death may be like. Can anyone recall it for me?
Do you know of (or have you had) a vision of heaven or hell that doesn't conform to that person's (or your) religion? [more inside]
Please help me identify this young adult novel (comatose teen explores afterlife with long-dead caveman). [more inside]
I'm looking for movies with scenes involving the ancient Egyptian underworld/afterlife. [more inside]
What is the path to afterlife like (in the Christian religion) for pre-Jesus individuals? As in Homo gautengensis up through Julius Caesar. Does the resurrection of the dead factor in somehow?
Is there a reference document or scholarship somewhere that describes the fate of "nonbelievers" in various religions? [more inside]
Are there any non-theistic/scientific/philosophical 'afterlife' theories out there? [more inside]
Philosophical approaches to death and dying. I am prepping a college course; looking for great readings on philosophical questions about death, but also: world religious/cultural traditions about dying/funerals/mourning/afterlife, how people in death-related jobs see their work (undertakers, hospice workers, doctors, chaplains, military/police...), writings of people who have terminal illnesses, psychological research on preparation for dying, etc. [more inside]
I'm trying to explain vacuum genesis and the probability that we'll all appear here again at some point.... to some friends. We've all been drinking. [more inside]
I vaguely remember a Jewish quip about the questions God asks a Rabbi at the end of his life. It is something like 1. Did you follow my commandments? (yes, all of them) 2. Did you study my Word well? (yes, every day) 3. Did you dance enough? Or something to that effect. Has anyone heard of this or know how it really goes?
Someone close to me recently passed away. For the most part I'm okay, but what stops me in my tracks is the idea that there may not be an afterlife. How do I come to terms with this? [more inside]
I know that we all die and that there’s absolutely no way around that. I know and accept that one day I will die as well, and I’m not afraid of dying, per se. What I am afraid of—terrified of really—is no longer existing, no longer being conscious of everything that’s happening in this great wide world, no longer being sentient, I guess. What can I do? [more inside]
Please help me find films that depict heaven or the afterlife [more inside]
My dad recently read The Shack and really liked it. Can you recommend other books with a spiritual leaning (not necessarily Christian) that he might also like? [more inside]
A Crisis of Identity? All my life, I've been the sort of person to avoid my faith to a certain extent (I would pray and try and be as good a muslim as I could, but there was always so much more I could do, and I knew it). Recently, I've met someone who's awakened that desire in me to finally make the commitment, and it feels great to have begun to do so, but there's another side of me that feels like I'm (I don't even know how to say it...) cheating on it... [more inside]
Am I crazy, or is there a book about a man trying to voyage to the afterlife? [more inside]
Has anyone with reasonable credentials actually sat down and calculated the probability of an afterlife? [more inside]
Do reports of hauntings exist in atheist or non-Christian countries to such an extent as they do in America? I'm fascinated by the myriad of documentaries that appear every week regarding hauntings/ghosts/etc. Do atheistic countries with no particular spiritual influence (i.e. Sweden vs. China) have such high reports of hauntings or reports of ghosts? What about Islamic cultures?
What are some religions or philosophies that teach that at death (or any other time) one's discrete soul is absorbed into a greater entity such as God and so the individual is no more?
Metaphysical Filter: Can you help me to find information related to this metaphysical experience? [more inside]
Is there now, or has there ever been, a culture that did not include the concept of an afterlife? [more inside]
Have you ever been visited by a (spirit, ghost, apparition, etc.) of a friend or loved one after they have passed on? [more inside]
Why are people who believe in heaven sad about death?
Is death the end?