Near-death experiences and religion: A further investigation


The relationship between religion and near-death experiencers (NDEs) was examined by interviewing 40 near-death experiences who were given a series of instruments to measure religious orientation and religious change. No relationship was found between religious orientation prior to the NDE and the depth of the NDE. However, a significant correlation was found between the depth of the NDE and a subsequent increase both in the importance of religion and in religious activity. Various theoretical explanations of NDEs were examined to account for these findings.

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McLaughlin, S.A., Malony, H.N. Near-death experiences and religion: A further investigation. J Relig Health 23, 149–159 (1984).

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  • Subsequent Increase
  • Theoretical Explanation
  • Religious Activity
  • Religious Orientation
  • Religious Change