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Hundreds Turn Out for ‘Proof of Heaven’ Author

Eben Alexander in Sandy Springs at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church


Turns out many want ‘Proof of Heaven.’ Nearly 500 people, many standing room, came out on a rainy Saturday night to hear bestselling author Eben Alexander at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church.

Alexander talked of his near death experience while in a seven-day coma in 2008.

Holy Innocents' rector Michael Sullivan was his neighbor and friend at the time in Lynchburgh, Va. “Eben Alexander has been a means of grace and mercy for me,” said Sullivan to the crowd.

A scientist and neurosurgeon, Alexander said that before his coma, he believed like most scientists that the brain created human consciousness, but he now knows differently.

Alexander’s experience was an odyssey that took him back and forth from colorful, beautiful melodic experiences with a guardian angel to what he describes as an “ugly realm of an earthworm’s eye view” of muck and thoughtlessness. The beautiful melodic realm was where he was taught many spiritual lessons, he said.

On Saturday, he discussed his trepidation about the title of his book ‘Proof of Heaven.’ But his book desribes how his ultimate realization of who his companion was, is in fact proof of his experience. 

See more on how neurosurgeon returns from near death experience with greater insight.

jMichael February 04, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Dr. Alexander may wish for it to be otherwise, but NDE can prove nothing other than that the brain, under stress, sometimes generates amazing experiences. That he backs up his anecdotal assertions with: a) repetition and variation on theme; and b) claims to being "scientific" provide no more "proof" than do the inspirational chants of the medieval monk, or the babblings of Pastor BillyBob JoMamma. Chants don't make for proof. They make for rhetoric alone. And to lay claim to "scientific" demands unwavering allegiance to publicly verifiable, reliable evidence. Such allegiance, I emphasize, does not preempt Faith in a World Beyond, but it does disclaim scientific backing for that Faith. Dr. Alexander fails in these regard. He is, at the last, a self-promoting huckster peddling hallucinations to the already preconditioned for yet another speaker's fee and a great schtick with Oprah. Hallelujah! Praise Om. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera
Adrianne Murchison February 04, 2013 at 04:49 PM
For the sake of argument, Alexander's coma was unique in that his neocortex on his brain was completely shutdown. That's where he might've generated or made up the amazing experiences that you suggest, if it had been working. The fact that it wasn't working makes him all the more credible.
jMichael February 04, 2013 at 06:05 PM
Sorry, Adrianne. He CLAIMS HIS neocortex was "completely shut down"... But as any good scientist or court attorney can tell you, absence of evidence is not evidence of absence; yet Alexander's entire gig rests on denial of that proposition.
Sally Morris February 07, 2013 at 01:32 PM
I wish I could have been there. A prior commitment kept me away. No matter which lens you look through, his was a compelling experience. I hold to the belief he actually saw heaven and The Creator. May God Bless Holy Innocents, and may He continue to Bless Dr. Alexander. I have not been to Holy Innocents since my mother's burial -- I was 16 at the time. It would have been nice closure.
Sally Morris February 07, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Nothing anyone can say here will change your position James, but that said, his brain was monitored by the most sophisticated equipment available for the entire time. Does that not supercede his "claims"?


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