Monday, June 25, 2012


A few months ago I read an interesting book called 'Will Storr vs. The Supernatural' in which a British journalist and avowed agnostic and spiritual skeptic set out to prove or disprove the existence of ghosts.

It was a really fun read since he visited all sorts of people and situations. Hauntings, poltergeists, possessions, psychics, mediums, spiritual guides, priests, scientists, skeptics, journalists, and so on. The entire crux of his book was that if there is an afterlife, then everything he learned in church had to be true.

If memory serves, he was raised Catholic, so obviously this isn't specifically true, but in the end he saw and experienced so many supernatural things through interviews, going on ghost hunts, staying the nights in haunted houses, and so on, that he concluded not just that the afterlife was real, but that if it was real then God obviously was the one who created it, and therefore he needed to live a moral life. He saw no choice in the matter. If it's true, you must act and believe as X. For it to not be true and not live as X would be suicide.

A really great and unexpected conclusion. It was almost like watching a conversion occur in real time. It dealt more with conversion through evidence than faith, but if you arrive at the right station, I guess it doesn't matter as much which bus you took?

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