The odds on that wager feel different year to year.
They change with joy and suffering, tranquillity and crisis, sickness and health.
Barbara Ehrenreich, the left-wing essayist and atheist, had shocking, unlooked-for experiences of spiritual rapture as a teenager, which she wrote about in 2014’s don’t-call-it-religious memoir, “Living With a Wild God.” The “wild” part is key: Ehrenreich rejects the God of monotheism because the Being she encountered seemed stranger, less benign and more amoral than the God she thinks that most religions worship.
Lisa Chase, the wife of the late New York journalistic icon Peter Kaplan, wrote an essay for Elle Magazine last year about her experiences communicating, on her own and through a medium, with her husband after his 2013 death.
Oculus Rift and Samsung’s Gear VR headsets have a 13 age requirement.
HTC, while not setting an age limit, warns against letting young children use the Vive.
I.)But the implausibility of hard materialism doesn’t mean the cosmos obviously confirms a Judeo-Christian paradigm.
And the supernatural experiences of the irreligious — cosmic beatitude, ghostly enigmas, unclassifiable encounters and straight-up demons — don’t point toward any single theology or world-picture.
Some 50 percent of them said they remembered it as if it actually happened in the physical world.
This weekend, I went to the movies with my daughter, who will be 9 in December. During the trailers, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” played and, as has happened many times before when a scary scene was shown, the glasses came off and her fingers went in her ears.