Criminologist and former atheist Mike Adams summarizes the three foundational philosophical alternatives to the Cosmos:
First, we can say that it came into being spontaneously – in other words, that it came to be without a cause. Second, we can say that it has always been. Third, we can posit some cause outside the physical universe to explain its existence. The second option is no longer reasonable. Science has been leading inexorably to the conclusion that the universe is not infinite but instead had a beginning. . . . Reasonable people grasp intuitively that it makes far more sense to say that something came from something than to say that something came from nothing. Of course, admitting that the universe was caused by something rather than nothing comes with a price. Any cause predating the physical universe must therefore be non-physical in nature.
Adams further explores Non Death Experiences (NDE). Adam’s discuses these in his review Imagine Heaven by John Burke.