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The Soul After Death: Contemporary After-Death Experiences in the Light of the Orthodox Teaching on the Afterlife

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Perhaps no other religious topic has engaged the human mind and heart so completely as the fate of the soul after death. In this spiritual and ultimately humane investigation, Fr. Seraphim Rose presents the principal beliefs of the early church fathers and then reaches beyond the Christian tradition to examine ideas drawn from The Tibetan Book of the Dead, the writings of ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by St. Xenia Skete Pr (first published 1987)
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Jacob Aitken
The reaction this book generated is misleading as to what the book is actually about. Fr Rose was attacked as a Gnostic for affirming that the soul after death passed through a number of aerial toll-houses (twenty, to be precise). On first glance this seems wacky and utterly devoid of patristic and biblical support. However, when one actually reads what the book says and what one means and doesn't mean by "aerial toll-house," it's actually fairly level-headed.

This book is not primarily about "a
Gregory Korbut
I have not read this in over 20 years. Time to return and give it a second look.
Ephraim Lawson Bowick
Read this carefully. It's really good though.
Magnus Itland
Jan 14, 2012 Magnus Itland rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Orthodox asceticists
I did not actually finish this book, and perhaps never will. It is not devoid of virtue, far from it, but it is depressing as Hell. Literally in a certain sense, because it left me with the impression that as far as Fr Rose and his God were concerned, I was already certain to go to Hell and there was nothing to do about it, nor did any of the two really have a problem with this. God had pretty much given up this planet and was satisfied to salvage a few elite souls, leaving the rest under the th ...more
Rdr. Thomas
Good book. Most people think this book is about the aerial toll-houses, which though it does incorporate them, is not what this book is about, which the sub-title makes clear...but most people who are opposed to the toll-house teaching betray themselves as having not actually read this book when they mention it as a book about the toll-houses.

Okay-ly written, good revealing f the truth of what is actually occuring when people have NDEs and OBEs, and yes--via tangent--ends the aerial toll-house d
Дааа, ну и книга... Это немного как у Горького: мой Бог не такой, он добрый, и его не восславляют слепо... Иначе как же, буддисты дураки и вместо справедливости (карма и все такое) сами не понимают зачем живут, а тут - Христос за нас пострадал, та что мы можем просто верить в него, идеализировать, прожить эту жизнь, все время(!) вспоминая о смерти и надеясь на рай только потому что в бога верили. А потом- все, если верил хорошо, на веки вечные живи в раю и радуйся. Но сами ведь говорите, что душ ...more
David Kinasevych
Fr. Seraphim seems somewhat driven to make fools of those who disagree with him, and often belabours his points. Sad in a way, but it just reinforces that monks are people like the rest of us.

As for content, I did not find it harrowing or non-patristic. If read CAREFULLY, I do not think Fr. Seraphim's arguments are controversial. I also believe that Fr. Seraphim makes the Christian view of life after death clear.

A dull read, but rewarding nonetheless.
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Seraphim Rose, born Eugene Dennis Rose, was a hieromonk of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia in the United States, whose writings have helped spread Orthodox Christianity throughout modern America and the West. They have also been widely read in Russia. Although not formally canonized as of 2008, he is venerated by some Orthodox Christians as a saint in iconography, liturgy, and prayer.
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