Marc A. Schindler wrote:
Just be careful: a lot of what Crowther wrote was personal speculation 
on his part.

Shouldn't be much of a problem, because more than half the text consists 
of direct quotations--from personal journals and letters of those who 
experienced or spoke of death experiences, from Church authorities 
speaking directly of this subject, or directly from the scriptures.

It is difficult for me to imagine how Crowther's almost incidental 
contributions can be reasonably regarded as "speculative".  His 
narrative simply interweaves these textual sources.  It might be 
compared with "survey of the literature" reports that are popular in 
academic research circles.  Mostly a job of collating and summarizing, 
without much interpretive commentary.  If there is anything sensational 
or speculative about the text, we would have to attribute it to the 
original sources, which from members of the Church, detailing their 
personal experiences.

Perhaps it is true that such testimonies are too sacred to be presented 
openly for the criticism of irreverent skeptics.  But for me, sharing 
these stories with those who actually experienced the events is an 
uplifting and edifying experience.

Mij Ebaboc

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