Question Time: Death and the Afterlife

Date(s) - 05/12/2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre


The biggest question in life for most of us is whether we survive death. This is the topic of an ecumenical Question Time event at the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre on December 5th 2017 at 7.30pm in our usual Tuesday Talks slot. It is possibly the first time Christian church leaders have met in the context of a spiritualist church to discuss this topic.

What happens at death?
When so much of who we are is determined by our DNA and brain can there be such a thing a soul? Can we really talk with the dead – and is it not dangerous to do so? If there is proof of life after death – why can’t we all agree about what it’s like? Are NDEs (Near Death Experiences) proof of survival or hallucinations? What happens to “bad” people when they die? If all those jokes about St Peter and the pearly gates aren’t true, who does hold the keys to heaven? What can the churches learn from each other about the rites of dying? Would you recommend a bereaved person to see a medium?

These and many other aspects of Death and the Afterlife will be discussed in a format similar to Radio 4’s Any Questions or TV’s Question Time and is open to all.

The Panellists 
Taking part will be the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Rt Rev Dr Derek Browning; Rev Canon John McLuckie, Vice Provost of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Palmerston Place; Very Rev Mgr Philip Kerr, Parish Priest of St Patrick’s Parish in the Cowgate; and Mrs Ann Treherne, Chair of the Palmerston Trust, founder of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre and a practising spiritualist medium.

All four panellists share a belief in life after death but the churches they represent have different practices and beliefs about it. The purpose of the event is to explore these differences and answer questions which the audience may pose about survival of death. Chairing the panel will be Rev Stewart Lamont, former broadcaster and journalist, who is a Trustee of the Palmerston Trust and currently locum minister at St Michael’s Church, Slateford.

Questions in advance of the event can be sent to
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