Archive of Author | Marianne Rankin

Marianne Rankin is Director of Communications for the Alister Hardy Trust and Society for the Study of Spiritual Experience, which supports the work of the Religious Experience Research Centres at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Lampeter and the University of Glyndŵr in Wrexham.

She is the author of An Introduction to Religious and Spiritual Experience (Bloomsbury 2008). She has also updated Shirley du Boulay’s biography Cicely Saunders, The Founder of the Modern Hospice Movement; written a history of St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester and illustrated Hal French’s acclaimed Zen and the Art of Anything.

Marianne is a linguist who lived in the Far East for almost twenty years, working as a teacher, translator, interpreter and freelance writer. On her return to UK she took a Master of Studies in the Study of Religion at the University of Oxford.

mariannerankin@icloud.com

http://mariannerankin.wordpress.com

Alister Hardy Trust and Society for the Study of Spiritual Experience –  www.studyspiritualexperiences.org

Articles with Marianne Rankin


In and Out of This World

Throughout the ages people have felt that the material world is not all there is. Mystical visions, answers to prayer or an awareness of a power or comforting presence beyond the self have given intimations of a greater reality beyond the everyday. Might this awareness also suggest some kind of survival of death as End of Life Experiences, Near-Death Experiences and Post Death Communication seem to indicate?

Marianne Rankin looks at a range of spiritual experiences and considers the effects on people’s lives and what they might indicate about the nature of consciousness and Ultimate Reality.
Many experiences cited are taken from the archive of the Religious Experience Research Centre, now at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Lampeter, the collection initiated by Sir Alister Hardy in Oxford when he retired as Linacre Professor of Zoology in 1969. Much has happened since.