"You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you odd." ~Flannery O'Connor

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Near-death experience and prophecy

I admit to being fascinated by the literature about near-death experiences (NDEs). The topic has even been getting some serious scientific attention, not all of it reductionistic or otherwise negative. Some alleged NDEs are almost certainly bogus, and some genuine ones have probably been misinterpreted by the beneficiaries. Yet I have no doubt that some NDEs are genuine spiritual experiences that have been properly interpreted.

One prominent NDE-er, the Catholic Ned Dougherty, has been inspired thereby to become a prophet and teacher. While I haven't read his books or heard him speak, people I respect find him credible. And so I ponder what he claims to be a prophetic message given to him directly by St. Michael the Archangel, which is included in one of his books. I find it plausible and chilling.

Please read it and tell me what you think. I'm especially interested in whether you're more inclined to regard it as the ipsissima verba of the Prince of the Heavenly Host, or just an expository interpretation.
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