A Case for the Soul
Near Death Experiences
Why on earth as a Christian would I make a defence for near-death experiences? I realised many Christians were interested and discovered that there is a case to be made. There is evidence here of a life beyond just our physical body, a soul. But one clause, we are still within this world, and not quite the afterlife (from case result data).
The minimal case here is one for an immaterial soul that transcends the body (But it’s not a case for people going to heaven/hell and coming back). This is a supporting the dualism argument for Christianity in the soul which inevitably ties into the resurrection as a reinforcing argument.
Explaining the importance of this topic
Corroborated reports: Almost dead
Evidence type 1
Corroborated reports: After the Heart stops
Evidence type 2
Corroborated reports: After the Brain stops
Evidence type 3
Corroborated reports: People they didn’t know had died
Evidence type 4
Organising the results
Can this data be put together properly? what's their methodology like?
Evidence from brain psychology
what evidence can we gather from mind-brain experiments?
Reactions & responses
Reactions form the sceptical community
How do they deal with such data?
Should we be concerned as Christians?
Does this undermine the Christian faith with atheists claiming to go to heaven?
Critical questions: Drugs & Hallucinations
Could this be just people who are high/tripping out?
Critical questions: Psychological Questions
Non-medical hallucinations perhaps?
Critical questions: Other naturalistic proposals
Could all the Doctors be lying about their findings?
Critical questions: A not so natural theory
How about...telepathy or Extra sensory perception?
The Case for NDEs
Putting it all together, what can we pitch?
I pulled out a collection of videos by Gary Habermas, THE expert when it comes to the resurrection and being a Christian, he provides so much clarity in this fog of confusion on why we as Christians can be pro-NDE and how NDEs are pro-Christianity.