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
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.
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