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Finishing my Work on the Afterlife

I am now virtually finished with all my research for my book on the afterlife, and after mopping up a few loose ends, I should be able to start writing next week.  It’s been a two-year adventure so far.

I always find it amazing how much you can learn in two years of intense research on a topic that you already know (or think you know) a good deal about.   The way I can check on how much I’ve progressed is by looking at my early notes on the topic.   Almost always, when I decide I’m going to write a book, I jot down all my initial ideas of what I want the book to contain, what kinds of insights I want to discuss in it, what direction I want it to go, how I’m viewing the topic at the time.   Then, at the end (now!) I look back at what I wrote at the beginning, and I think – this happens every time – Oh my God!   I was *so* ignorant and unaware!!

That’s kind of scary in its way, since the reason I wanted to write the book in the first place was …

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    Lilly  August 13, 2018

    That is such a wonderful gift, to have the words flow as freely as yours do. And to think, I sometimes get writers block just trying to compose a reply to one of your blog posts. 😉

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    Lilly  August 21, 2018

    Dr. Ehrman, like yourself, I live deep in the southern bible belt. One common belief ,at least in my neck of the woods, is that life exists only on earth. That if life were to exist elsewhere in the universe , it would break God’s unique covenant with man. I’m guessing that springs from The Book of Genesis.
    Have you encountered that same belief ?. Do you know if that idea is more restricted to conservative Christians or does it also spread out and reach into mainstream Christianity.

    as always…..thank you

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      Lilly  August 22, 2018

      Dr, Ehrman, just to follow up on that thought .Christians 2,000 years ago obviously didn’t have the same knowledge we do today about the universe , especially regarding its vast size and complexity. But they still believed in beings who weren’t human and did exist in different realms. Before God created the universe. the earth and eventually mankind they must have existed somewhere . Could one say, and I know I’m stretching credulity here, that they were not of this earth. ( almost sounds like the name of a science fiction movie 🙂

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        Bart  August 22, 2018

        Yes indeed, angels and archangels before there was a physical world for them to inhabit!

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      Bart  August 22, 2018

      Actually, Genesis never says anything of the sort. And for another view by a conservative Christian, see C. S. Lewis’s Perelandra. Terrrific.

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        Lilly  August 23, 2018

        Wow, thank you for that reference !

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