The Entity Letters: A Sociologist on the Trail of a Supernatural Mystery

This work describes a sociological investigation of the SORRAT sitter group (Society for Research on Rapport and Telekinesis) that witnessed table levitation, poltergeist phenomena, earthquake effects and other startling physical events over a 50 year period. The entities communicated by mail with dozens of SORRAT members, describing life after death, the nature of time, and spiritual development.

  • Publisher: Anomalist Books (April 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1-938398-79-7

Wondrous Healing: Shamanism, Human Evolution, and the Origin of Religion

James McClenon explains why beliefs in some supernatural forces – ghosts, poltergeists, souls, and spirits – are based on universal experience. The author maintains that belief in mysterious anomalies such as ecstatic trances, apparitions, extra-sensory perceptions, out-of-body experiences, psychokinesis, fire walking, and miraculous recovery are predicated upon evolutionary psychology. Such beliefs reveal a spiritual impulse in the human species. He aims to demonstrate that age-old healing rituals such as chanting and rhythmic dancing have scientifically verifiable benefits.

  • Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press (November 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875805906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875805900

Wondrous Events: Foundations of Religious Belief

James McClenon examines the relationship between wondrous events—extrasensory perception, apparitions, out-of-body and near-death experiences, sleep paralysis, psychokinesis, fire walking, psychic surgery, and spiritual healing—and the foundations of religious belief.

  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press; 1st ed edition (November 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812230744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812230741

Deviant Science: The Case of Parapsychology

  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (February 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812211782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812211788


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Origins of Belief in Life after Death: The Ritual Healing Theory and Near-Death Experience, pp. 242-261 in The Survival of Human Consciousness: Essays on the Possibility of Life after Death, Lance Storm and Michael A. Thalbourne, editors, Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2005.

The Ritual Healing Theory: Therapeutic Suggestion and the Origin of Religion, pp. 135-158 in Where God and Science Meet: How Brain and Evolutionary Studies Alter Our Understanding of Religion, Patrick McNamara, editor, Westport, CN: Praeger, 2006.

Miracles in Kongo Religious History: Evaluating the Ritual Healing Theory, pp. 176- 197 in Miracles: God, Science, and Psychology in the Paranormal, J. Harold Ellens, editor, Westport, CN: Praeger.2008.