Be sure to note the later start time (2:15)
Soul Survivor - Evidence of a Past Life?
More than six decades ago, a 21-year-old Navy fighter pilot on a mission over the Pacific was shot down by Japanese artillery. His name might have been forgotten, were it not for 6-year-old James Leininger. Quite a few people — including those who knew the fighter pilot — think James is the pilot, reincarnated. James' parents, Andrea and Bruce, a highly educated, modern couple, say they are "probably the people least likely to have a scenario like this pop up in their lives." But over time, they have become convinced their little son has had a former life.
So, what is the evidence for a past life?
The late Ian Stevenson, MD, former Carlson Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Personality Studies (now the Division of Perceptual Studies) at the University of Virginia, did not plan on becoming a parapsychologist. It was only a side-interest. But, his first paper on the subject, a 44-page prize-winning essay, caught the attention of Chester F. Carlson, the inventor of xerox, who also had a keen interest in past life research. Carlson provided funds for a world-wild search for cases which Stevenson cautiously described as “suggestive” of reincarnation. With funding support from Chester Carlson, Dr. Stevenson spent more than 40 years researching the paranormal. His findings in over 2,000 cases of claimed rebirth have provided us with perhaps the most impressive body of evidence, so far gathered, for the existence of the soul.
Join the Explorers as we examine the case of James Leininger.
We also want to leave time to discuss your own experiences and questions.
Feel free to bring snacks to share if you would like to do so.
Next Meeting: Saturday, February 9, 12:00 at the library.
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Steve, Explorer Organizer