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Dr. Ken R. Vincent
 
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Websites on NDEs and other Spiritually Transformative Experiences

a.

The Alister Hardy Society Religious Experience Research Centre

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The Alister Hardy Society for the Study of Religious Experience

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University of Virginia Medical School Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS)

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International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS)

e.

Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF)

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Near-Death Experiences and the Afterlife

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Websites on Universalism

a.

Christian Universalist Association (CUA)

b.

The Universalist Herald

3.

Websites on Zoroaster

a.

Zoroaster (aka Zarathushtra)

b.

The Zoroastrian Connection with Judaism and Christianity

4.

Websites on the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

a.

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (arabiannights.org)

b.

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (theland.antgear.com)

5.

About Dr. Ken R. Vincent

6.

Books by Dr. Ken R. Vincent

 1. Websites on NDEs and other Spiritually Transformative Experiences  
 
 a. The Alister Hardy Society Religious Experience Research Centre
  http://uwtsd.ac.uk/library/alister-hardy-religious-experience-research-centre/
 

The function of the Religious Experience Research Centre is the study of contemporary spiritual and religious experience. The Research Centre was founded by Sir Alister Hardy in 1969 as the Religious Experience Research Unit at Manchester College, Oxford. It moved to Lampeter from its previous home at Westminster College, Oxford in July 2000. The Centre's aim is to study, in a disciplined and as scientific a manner as possible, contemporary accounts of religious or spiritual experiences and to publish its findings.

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 b. The Alister Hardy Society for the Study of Religious Experience
  www.studyspiritualexperiences.weebly.com
 

This website is the premier center for research into mystical religious experience and the society that supports it. The Society aims to promote public awareness of the meaning and value of spiritual experience. It offers subscribers regular newsletters and invitations to lectures and seminars. Members may make use of the Library at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (online catalogue and postal service available), book service for the purchase of books and cassette recordings of lectures, and have a Members' List to enable links between members.

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 c. University of Virginia Medical School Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS)
  https://med.virginia.edu/perceptual-studies/
 

This is the premier facility for research into life after death. DOPS was founded as a research unit of the Department of Psychiatric Medicine at UVA by Dr. Ian Stevenson in 1967. It is a unit of the Psychiatry and Neurobehavorial Sciences of the University of Virginia's Health System headed by Dr. Bruce Greyson. Utilizing scientific methods, the researchers within DOPS investigate apparent paranormal phenomena, especially: (1) children who claim to remember previous lives (reincarnation), (2) near-death experiences, (3) out-of-body experiences, (4) apparitions and after-death communications, (5) deathbed visions, (6) psychophysiological studies of altered states of consciousness and psi, and (7) EEG Imaging Lab: experimental research of psi effects and altered states of consciousness.

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 d. International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS) - www.iands.org
 

IANDS focuses most of its resources into providing the highest quality information available about NDE-related subjects. It is the only such membership group in the world. In addition to maintaining this information-rich website, IANDS publishes a peer-reviewed scholarly journal and a member newsletter, sponsors conferences and other programs, works with the media, and encourages the formation of regional discussion and support groups. IANDS' purpose is to promote responsible, multi-disciplinary exploration of near-death and similar experiences, their effects on people’s lives, and their implications for beliefs about life, death, and human purpose.

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 e. Near-Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF) - www.nderf.org
 

Dr. Jeffrey Long is a radiation oncologist in Tacoma, Washington and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Near-Death Studies (IANDS). Dr. Long is actively involved in NDE research and recently published the a New York Times bestseller Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences. His wife, Jody Long is also a researcher and was on the Board of Directors for Seattle Friends of IANDS group. Jody is also the webmaster of this site. The Long's also have other research sites relating to the NDE including: The Out-of-Body Experience Research Foundation (OBERF) and the After-Death Communication Research Foundation (ADCRF).

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 f.  Near-Death Experiences and the Afterlife - www.near-death.com
 

Webmaster Kevin Williams maintains the #1 Google ranked website devoted to near-death experiences and the afterlife. NDE-related phenomena is also presented such as (1) NDE articles by the Webmaster, P.M.H. Atwater and an online book by Dr. Ken R. Vincent; (2) editorials about NDEs; (3) NDE archives; (4) profiles of NDE experts; (5) triggers of NDEs; (6) NDE skeptical arguments; (7) Christian NDEs; (8) Biblical support for NDEs; (9) Christian Universalism (universal salvation) (10) evidence of life after death; (11) out-of-body experiences; (12 reincarnation; (13) the paranormal; (14) after-death communications; (15) the Edgar Cayce revelations; (16) and other resources. This website also hosts the Survival After Death Information website.

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 2. Websites on Universalism  
 
 a. Christian Universalist Association (CUA) - www.christianuniversalist.org
 

The CUA is an ecumenical organization uniting people and churches around the world with a vision of God’s all-inclusive love. They are active in evangelism and outreach to the public, spreading the Good News of God’s victorious plan of salvation for all people. They educate and ordain ministers, hold conferences, encourage networking and church planting by believers, and create new resources to deepen and reform Christianity and bring people together from various denominations and traditions in a shared discovery of truth. The CUA affirms in their Statement of Faith (1) the Golden Rule, (2) divine justice and life after death, (3) universal salvation, (4) human nature and destiny, (5) the mystery of faith, (6) divine revelation and the pursuit of truth.

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 b. The Universalist Herald - www.universalist-herald.org
 

The Universalist Herald is the oldest continuously published liberal religious periodical in North America. It is devoted to a living religion and vital faith that motivates individual responsibility and positive action. Their Universalist doctrine is about love, their sacrament is the quest for Truth, their prayer is service, to dwell together in peace, to seek knowledge in freedom, to serve humanity in fellowship, and to the end that all souls shall grow into harmony with the Divine, to covenant with each other and with God. They provide (1) biographies and interviews of notable Universalists; (2) book reviews and editorials on Universalism; (3) articles on Universalism, Universalist theology, mysticism, social justice, the history of Universalism, (4) articles to reflect upon, the holidays, and Universalist hymns.

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 3. Websites on Zoroaster  
 
 a. Zoroaster (aka Zarathushtra) - www.zarathushtra.com
 

This website is dedicated to promoting the Spiritual Philosophy of Zarathushtra and Zoroastrianism. They provide (1) information about Zarathushtra; (2) articles and books for sale about Zarathushtra and Zoroastrianism; (3) various translations of the Gathas; (4) an online book entitled "Homage Unto Ahura Mazda"; (5) a Zoroastrian cyber-temple; (6) discussion group archives; (7) a picture gallery; and (8) a links page to other Zoroastrian resources.

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 b. The Zoroastrian Connection with Judaism and Christianity - www.fezana.org/Publications/Books
 

This is a book available through the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA) website. For more information about this book please contact Roshan Rivetna (email address). Donations for costs of printing and postage can be made here. FEZANA serves as the coordinating body for 27 Zoroastrian Associations in the United States and Canada. Other resources include: (1) the FEZANA Journal and Journal archives; (2) administration and activities; (3) a Zoroastrian Youth of North America (ZYNA) website; (4) Bulletin archives; (5) an events calendar; (6) important messages from the FEZANA President; (7) and a links page to other resources.

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 4. Websites on the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam  
 
 a. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam - www.arabiannights.org/rubaiyat/
 

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is presented by the Electronic Literature Foundation (ELF). The Rubaiyat is not a single poem, but is rather a collection of verses written by or attributed to Omar Khayyam, the Persian mathematician, philosopher and astronomer who lived from 1048 - 1122 CE. This site presents several editions of the popular Edward FitzGerald adaptation, as well as a more substantial translation by E.H. Whinfield. This website also provides helpful Notes to the FitzGerald Editions. You can purchase a print version of FitzGerald's translation from Amazon or a print version of E.H. Whinfield's translation from Amazon.

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 b. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam - www.theland.antgear.com/Rubaiyat/
 

Sandor Szabo's website presents a number of translations of the Rubaiyat: (1) the Richard Le Gallienne translation; (2) the Edward Fitzgerald translation; (3) the Hossein Ghods-Nakhai translation; (4) the Ernest E. Laws translation; (5) the Edward H. Whinfield translation; (6) the Justin H. McCarthy translation; (7) the J. B. Nicolas translation; (8) and the Robert Graves & Omar Ali-Shah translation. This website also includes a history of Omar Khayyam, pictures and quotes by Sandor Szabo including his list of favorite Rubaiyat quatrains, and a links page to other Rubaiyat resources.

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 5. About Dr. Ken R. Vincent
 

Dr. Ken R. Vincent photo. Dr. Ken R. Vincent received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado in 1973. He is currently retired 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. Vincent‘s book 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 Afterlife. Correspondence regarding this online book should be sent to this email address: professorvincent@yahoo.com.

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 6. Books by Dr. Ken R. Vincent
 
Visions of God book cover.

Visions of God from the
Near Death Experience

by Dr. Ken R. Vincent

Many of our most inspiring and straightforward visions of God, afterlife, and values for living have come through near-death experiences. In gathering together the spiritual highlights of many such experiences, Dr. Vincent does a real service for readers who need quick access to "the good stuff." The result is an inspirational book that gently reminds us how much we have always known deep inside. A HARDBACK edition of the book is also available.

The Golden Thread book cover.
The Golden Thread: God's Promise of Universal Salvation
by Dr. Ken R. Vincent

In our modern pluralistic world, the barriers imposed by the old doctrine of religious exclusivity are confronted every day by individuals, families, and nations. Now more than ever, the inspirational message of God's Universal and eternal love for all humanity needs to be retold. By reacquainting readers with the God who is too good to condemn anyone to Eternal Hell, this book offers a Biblical interpretation present in Christianity from the earliest Jesus-Followers to the 21st Century.

The Magi book cover.
The Magi: From Zoroaster to
the "Three Wise Men"
by Dr. Ken R. Vincent

Do you know why Zoroastrian priests are on your Christmas cards? In The Magi, Dr. Ken Vincent shines light on a topic previously known mainly to scholars; he provides the layperson searching for Christian origins an extremely readable but thorough exploration of a religion which predates Christianity by hundreds of years. This easy-to-read introduction highlights the parallels between Zoroaster and both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament and shows the use of Zoroastrian imagery in the Dead Sea Scrolls. An appendix includes an English translation of the complete hymns of Zoroaster.

 
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