Dr. Ken R. Vincent received
his doctorate in Counseling
Psychology from the University of
Northern Colorado in 1973. He is
from teaching Psychology and
the Psychology of Religious
Experience at Houston Community
College. He is a member of the
Alister Hardy Society for the Study
of Spiritual Experience and the
International Association of
Near-Death Studies (IANDS). Dr.
Vincent served as a founding Board
member of the
Christian Universalist Association
and is the former webmaster of
The Universalist Herald website. His writings
all contain a strong undercurrent of
Universalist thought. In his book
The Magi: From Zoroaster to the
Three Wise Men, he compares the
religion of the Magi
(Zoroastrianism) to Christianity and
shows the parallels of Universal
Restoration in both faiths. In
Visions of God from the Near-Death
Experience, the wisdom of the
prophets and sages of the world's
religions is superimposed upon the
accounts of modern-day near-death
experiencers to illustrate the
similarities between them. Dr.
The Golden Thread: God's Promise of
Universal Salvation documents
the solid support for Universal
Salvation in the Bible as well as
research into NDEs and Mystical / Religious / Spiritual Experiences.
This online book is entitled
God Is With Us: What Near-Death and
Other Spiritually Transformative
Experiences Teach Us About God and
regarding this online book should be
The Chapters of this book are as
Chapter 1: The Search for God and
Afterlife in the Age of Science - NDEs and other
transpersonal experiences point to the existence and
nature of God and ongoing personal consciousness
following physical death.
Chapter 2: Developmental Revelation
- There is a parallel between the development of the
individual and the progress of whole cultures throughout
history and that evidence for this maturation process
can be found in the stories of the world's religions.
Chapter 3: Ken's Guide to "Universals"
In Religion - Dr. Vincent presents five "universals"
common to all religions.
Chapter 4: Separating the "Super" from
the "Natural" - Dr. Vincent separates the
"supernatural" from "natural" religious experiences.
Chapter 5: Religious Experience of
Jesus Compatible with Modern Research - Dr. Vincent
documents how the Jesus Seminar used modern scholarship
to separate the mythology from the reality regarding
Chapter 6: Resurrection Appearances of
Jesus as After-Death Communication (ADC) - Dr.
Vincent reveals how the "resurrection" appearances of
Jesus described in the Bible are more in accord with the
phenomenology of modern ADCs.
Chapter 7: Resurrection Appearances of
Jesus as ADC: Rejoinder to Gary Habermas - Dr.
Vincent defends his thesis about Jesus' resurrection
appearances described in the Bible as being visionary
ADCs instead of "reanimated corpse" appearances.
Chapter 8: Religious Experience
Research Reveals Universalist Principles - Dr.
Vincent describes the recurring pattern of Universalist
principles in the writing of his fellow researchers of
NDEs and other STEs.
Chapter 9: Mystical Religious
Experiences and Christian Universalism - Dr. Vincent
offers some personal and social science evidence from
modern researchers who have shown that such mystical
experiences are quite common and that they reinforce
what Jesus taught about God's love for everyone.
Chapter 10: The NDE and Christian
Universalism - Dr. Vincent explores the NDE in
context of Christian Universalism.
Chapter 11: An Eighteenth-Century NDE:
The Case of George de Benneville - A description of
one of the most credible and documented cases of an NDE.
Chapter 12: Zoroaster: The First
Universalist - Zoroaster was known as a the Prophet
of the Magi and a miracle-worker whose philosophy
entered the West through their influence on Judaism and
Chapter 13: Omar Khayyam: Sufi
Universalist - Khayyám was an Islamic mystic from
Persia whose Islamic Universalism was expressed through
his poetic verses.
Chapter 14: Universal Salvation in
Hinduism and Its Children - Dr. Vincent explains the
Universalist principles found in Hinduism and its
Chapter 15: Scientific Investigation of
the "Dark Side" - Dr. Vincent documents the
scientific research into STEs which show negative
experiences do occur and that they also change people's
lives for the better.
Chapter 16: Magic, Deeds, and
Universalism: Afterlife in the World’s Religions -
Dr. Vincent describes in detail the three levels of
religious development in human beings.
Chapter 17: What Near-Death and Other
STEs Teach Us About God and Afterlife.
Appendix A: The Salvation Conspiracy:
How Hell Became Eternal.
Appendix B: Where Have All the
Universalists Gone? - Dr. Vincent describes how
Universalism is growing in the hearts and minds of
virtually all Christian denominations, as well as other