On the Encounter with a Divine Presence during a Near-Death Experience

A Phenomenological Inquiry
  • Timothy West


This chapter presents a phenomenological study of the experience of “encountering a divine presence during a near-death experience.” As a result of my own near-death experience (NDE), I was inspired to investigate what I intuitively felt was the essence and defining element of the phenomenon: the meeting with an omnipotent, all-knowing entity or what many people commonly conceive of as “God.” Although there exists a relatively large body of both empirical and speculative literature concerning near-death experiences, rigorous existential-phenomenological investigations, such as the study presented in this chapter, are rare. Since the nature of near-death experience defies “objective” measurement, qualitative or phenomenological methods seem best suited to describe the essence of this remarkable event.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy West
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  1. 1.NovatoUSA

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