The New York Times has taken a strong stand against a left-wing conspiracy theory propagated by the “faith healing” movement.
In an article entitled “Are Near-Death Experiences Real?” the Times disproves the widely reported claim that “near-death experiences” are clinically “unscientific.”
The article is based on the findings of Dr. Richard E. Gardner, a chiropractor and former University of Chicago professor, who examined reports of near-death experiences across the United States and interviewed more than 150 people who have lived with the experience.
One widely reported claimed effect of a near-death experience is “blessing.” Some victims believe that after reaching a metaphorical end, they are suddenly granted the ability to experience a grand and continuing life of “joy, blessings, and gladness.”
Though Gardner and his co-authors found no statistical evidence to support the attribute, he observed that many victims agree that what happened seems like a liftoff out of purgatory. He also noted that the near-death experience is hardly a purely spiritual experience.
“Some near-death patients say that God opened their eyes and seemed to share their grief and sadness,” Gardner said. “Others say they saw God and [a vision of] a cross, which some considered the symbol of death.”
Besides the physical benefits of the near-death experience for patients and their loved ones, the report also reports that these experiences can have a cognitive impact on hospital staff. And perhaps most importantly, some believe that those who have had these experiences could be sent back to the moment of their deaths.