While religious faith, at least that which is of the orthodox type, appears to be on the decline and church attendance fall, the great experience of death which all men must undergo continues to intrigue many who seldom, if ever, cross the threshold of a church. In this meticulously compiled volume, Dr. Robert Crookall, an eminent scientist who is also a student of psychical research, has brought together, from a great many different sources, what appear to be the personal testimonies of the experiences of death and survival. Taken together they form an impressive body of evidence on a topic where opinion is frequently expressed but evidence seldom considered: what we have here an entirely new kind of evidence. The success of the first edition of this book, published in 1961, has led to the issue of this revised and updated edition.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements Preface Glossary First Part: The Succession of Experiences Introductory The First Experience: 'The Call' Natural Death Enforced Death The Second Experience: A Review of the Past Life Natural and Enforced Death The Third Group of Experiences: Shedding the Body Natural Death (a) Enforced Death other than by Explosion (b) Enforced Death by Explosion The Fourth Experience: The 'Sleep' Natural Death Only Enforced Death The Fifth Experience: The 'Awakening' Natural Death Enforced Death The Sixth Experience: The 'Judgement' Natural Death Enforced Death The Seventh Experience: The Assignment Natural and Enforced Death Second Part I. Itemised Statements as to the Total Death-Experience Natural Death Enforced Death II. Correlation Between Bodily Constitution, Consciousness and Environment Third Part I. The Statements Scrutinised and Tested II. Correlation Scrutinised and Tested Conclusions (a) The internal consistency and inherent probability of communications (b) A basic conception in communications (c) The harmony of the several lines of approach (d) The nature of communicators Appendix I: Admissability of the Evidence Appendix II: 'Pointers' to Survival Appendix III: The Two Sources of Genuine Communications Appendix IV: "Pray for me!" Appendix V: The Place of Psychic Studies in Religion Index
Robert Crookall, born in 1890, was educated at Westminster College, London, and Bristol University. He graduated with first-class honours in Chemistry, Botany and Psychology. After taking his Ph.D. he lectured at Aberdeen University. He then joined the staff of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, specialising in coal-forming plants. He helped in the search for new coal-bearing areas, which work culminated in the publication of a monograph on Fossil Plants of the Carboniferous Rocks of Great Britain (1955-70), the standard work on the subject. He was awarded a Doctorate in Science in 1930. Crookall resigned from his geological work in 1952 in order to devote the rest of his life to psychological studies.