The Confusion of Worlds
Resurrection, the Kingdom of God, and Otherworld Experiences
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"A welcome addition to the literature exploring the relationships between religious beliefs and extraordinary experiences. In a bold and original thesis, Schwenke argues compellingly that beliefs in postmortem physical resurrection and existence in an earthly paradise originated in cultural misinterpretations of near-death, otherworld, and spirit-encounter phenomena. The interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach—spanning Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and the Lakota Sioux Ghost Dance religion—will appeal to theologians, anthropologists, psychologists, and readers generally interested in the historical and comparative study of religions, the afterlife, and related experiences.”
—Gregory Shushan, author, Near-Death Experience in Indigenous Religions, and Conceptions of the Afterlife in Early Civilizations
"If your penchant is for the same old same old, this is not your book. If, however, you are up for a true theological adventure featuring genuinely creative, provocative, and original ideas at every turn, then read Schwenke. The Confusion of Worlds is one of those rare books that successfully reconceptualizes old issues in new ways, so that readers will have thoughts they never had before."
—Dale C. Allison Jr., Princeton Theological Seminary