Not my criteria the criteria of educated, prominent historians.<quoted text>
By your criteria on ancient history we would have to reject most of it because there is no "Independent sources" refers to two or more "unconnected" people, organizations, entities or objects which provide a given set of information."
The historian Tacitus claimed he was in Rome during the great fire. Pliny the Elder, Seneca, Cassius Dio and Suetonius, and also wrote about it. They give several different reasons for the fire so historians are not sure that the reason given by Tacitus is accurate. There is no independent corroboration of the reason given by TacitusFor example; who recorded Caesar crossing the Rubicon and when did they do so? What other eyewitness accounts do we have of this happening on the day it happened? Where are the multiple eyewitness accounts for the battles of Alexander? Where are the multiple eyewitness accounts for Nero setting Rome on fire?
You wrote-If a number of 'independent sources' contain the same message, the credibility of the message is strongly increased.
Historical documents claim that Alexander the Great was the "Son of AmmonZeus". Do you accept that as absolutely accurate?
Four Christians are not four independent sources.You should believe the gospels since there are 4 independent authors who wrote at different times and in different places.
"unconnected people, organizations, entities or objects
Most of the Bible scolars in the world would disagree with you.you have no evidence to back up that statement.The gospels are not anonymous. The names associated with them have always been attached to them and no else's name has been.
The first four historical books of the New Testament are supplied with titles (Euaggelion kata Matthaion, Euaggelion kata Markon, etc.), which, however ancient, do not go back to the respective authors of those sacred writings.- New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia
There is no scientifically documented evidence of remote viewing,in claimed cases of NDE, there is only anecdotal evidence. There is also anecdotal evidence for the existence of leprechauns.I agree that NDE's have a subjective element to them. However they do prove some survival of an individual that is not dependent on the physical body. We know from a number of cases that those in this state accurately described events miles away from where their bodies were. This eliminates the idea of the brain shutting down.
Recently, a host of studies has revealed potential underpinnings for all the elements of such experiences [NDEs].- Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American