Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The Essence of Religions By Christophor Coppes

"As we move away from worn-out dogma from both the religious and scientific realms toward a contemporary synthesis of understanding about our existence, Christophor's refreshing and comprehensive analysis of major religions in light of the profound lessons from numerous NDE journeyers offers a rich new tapestry of understanding that I find most valuable."
-- Eben Alexander III, MD

The Essence of Religions was written to discourage the misuse of religions. This book provides the tools we need to reconsider many of the dogmas of the five major world religions that have proven detrimental to both human coexistence and our planet's survival. Furthermore, it seeks to replace these misguided belief sets with a more unifying and uplifting outlook that will benefit mankind as a whole. The author urges our alignment with "The Light" of unconditional love that can be found in the teachings of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism--and The Light of compassionate love in visions recounted to us by those who have undergone near-death experiences (NDEs).

The author of The Essence of Religions, Christophor Coppes, examines the NDE phenomenon as if it were a religious experience, placing it in context by comparing it to the five major world religions. Coppes gives a compelling argument that many characteristics of these religions' view of the afterlife are analogous to the life-changing sensations and visions reported by those who have undergone an NDE. But he concludes that although the essence of these beliefs of the major religions can be found in NDEs, not all of the positive elements of an NDE experience can necessarily be found in the religions.

The Essence of Religions examines the major world religions with an eye to their positive aspects as well as their contradictions and fixations. Coppes delves into both the commonality of the religions, their fundamental differences, and how they relate to NDEs. The Essence of Religions is a vital tool for those curious about the NDEs and how they can inform us about our own spiritual beliefs to help us lead happier and fuller lives.
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Christophor Coppes is the president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) in the Netherlands. He is employed as a senior economist at the Dutch Central Bank monitoring developments in international financial markets. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Groningen and has published many scientific articles on finance while still maintaining a strong interest in humanitarian issues.

There are so many books out now about Near-Death Experiences, I know I have read most of them. Christophor has wrote one but it is much different, he writes about the essences and the comparison of near death experiences with five different religions to show the parallels.
This is not like all of the other books I have read. If you like reading about heaven then you are sure to enjoy reading Christophor's new book.
I was given a copy of this book by the author


  1. There are so many of these kinds of books out right now. I have not read many of them, this one sounds kind of deep and maybe worth reading. Thanks for your review.

  2. Thanks, Mary. My husband does a lot of comparative studying of the various religions. Amazing the differences in interpretation of the bible and views of reaching heaven.

  3. I don't know this author, I hope he knows the Bible and that this books tells it like the Bible does. I may have to check this one out.

  4. I would love to win this book and share it with others

  5. Sounds like it would be worth reading. Would love to see comparisons between the religions.

    Great review Mary

    Cathy Weber

    1. Cathy, you are the WINNER! I will get your book right out to you!