Saturday, April 24, 2010
Aliens free from original sin?
In an interview entitled "Aliens Are My Brother", granted to L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, Father Gabriel Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory, stated: "In my opinion this possibility (of life on other planets) exists"; "intelligent beings, created by God may exist in outer space" and "some aliens could even be free from original sin" concluding "there could be (other beings) who remained in full friendship with their creator". And on 5 March 2009, Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, another astronomer working at the Vatican Observatory, told the BBC, in relation to the search for Earth-like worlds about to be embarked upon by the Kepler Space telescope, that "we Jesuits are actively involved in the search for Earth-like planets. The idea that there could be other intelligent creatures made by God in a relationship with God is not contrary to traditional Judeo-Christian thought. The Bible has many references to, or descriptions of, non-human intelligent beings; after all, that's what angels are. Our cousins on other planets may even have their own salvation story – including other examples of the incarnation of the second person of the Trinity. We are open to whatever the Universe has for us." Source: Stephen Law.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Evolution shirts banned: violates religious neutrality
Monday, August 31, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Is There a Hell?
Is There a Hell? Surprising Observations About the Near-Death Experience.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
OCD, religion, Martin Luther, St. Ignatius, God
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Parallel Universes, Alien Religions and Carl Jung: An Interview With Clifford Pickover
Sunday, April 26, 2009
The Loom of God
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Fun With the Bible Code
Saturday, February 21, 2009
"It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us." - Peter De Vries, The Mackerel Plaza
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Reports of beings from other worlds
"People afflicted with certain eye diseases give similar reports of beings from parallel universes."
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
No St. Paul?
Monday, November 10, 2008
Bones of Jesus?
Friday, October 03, 2008
Names of God in Judaism
Friday, September 12, 2008
Who wrote the Bible?
Friday, August 15, 2008
Whare are the "Ten Commandments" in the Bible?
Monday, July 14, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
The singularity will give you eternal life
"I read a few years ago in The Atlantic of an impending 'death shortage,' an unfortunate consequence of technological advancements that would turn 70 year olds into early-career professionals. These people—we people—would still die; it was just going to take a lot longer to happen.
But leafing through back issues of Wired last night, I came across an article about a technology prodigy trying to buy eternal life. Not the kind paid for with the blood of a lamb, but the kind that could be achieved here on earth if you were to download your brain to your laptop. You just have to live long enough." For more information, click here.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
God creating the universe via computer
Friday, March 07, 2008
Scientology stands a chance
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
A Summary of All Religions in One Chart
The ReligionFacts "Big Religion Chart" summarizes all the complexities of religions and belief systems into tiny little boxes on a single, quick-reference comparison chart!
Sunday, January 06, 2008
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why
Sunday, December 09, 2007
"Ten Weird Religous Practices"
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Atheist Filmmaker Issues ‘Blasphemy Challenge’
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Sam Harris, Atheism, and Beyond
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
DNA is the Word of God
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Construct Noah's Ark now
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
A new look at atheism
In this new look at atheism, the viewer is asked to consdier if atheisim is really so bad for American and the world.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
The Official Religious Affiliation Page
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
A Dictionary of Sex in the Bible
The biblical Hebrews, given God's commandment to "be fruitful and multiply" (Gen. 1:28), had what Drorah O'Donnell Setel has alliteratively called a "preoccupation with procreation." That's why many of the stories and other passages in the Bible involve sex, and why many of these, unheard of in sermons and Sunday school lessons, remain little known among laity.
The purpose of And Adam Knew Eve is to inform as well as hopefully to entertain, by gathering from the biblical text all sexually related stories, concepts, and laws, and presenting them, concisely but with attention to context, in convenient dictionary form. Sexually related material comprises overall such a significant portion of scripture that some knowledge of it is essential both in appreciating the Bible as a whole and in understanding the difference in attitude toward sex to be found between the Old and New Testaments. (More....)
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Evidence for God
In this web page, a young woman discuss the Evidence for God.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
The Geography of Faith
See five thousand years of faith in 90 seconds.
Friday, December 08, 2006
Religious Affiliation of History's 100 Most Influential People
Have you ever wondered what were the religious beliefs and affiliations of History's 100 Most Influential People?
On this web page, we find a list of influential figures from Michael H. Hart's book, "The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History." We also see people's religions.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
How to build a religion (and then watch it fade)
According to Seth Godin, The New York Times recently had a piece about Zoroastrians. The religion is fading, almost certainly to extinction. After more than 3,000 years, one of the most important monotheistic religions is going to go away. We can learn an important lesson about ideaviruses from religions, because they are in many ways the original (and longest-lasting) examples of the genre. Godin gives readers an idea on how to build a relgion that spreads.
"According to the Times, the Zoroastrians are fading away because they believe being good is just about enough and didn't build enough of the elements of an ideavirus into their culture. As they traveled the world, their attitude and hard work rewarded them with success and the ability to mix with other cultures. As a result, they were successful as a people but a failure as a long-term growing religion. It's a fascinating choice, isn't it?"
More information here.
Friday, October 13, 2006
300 Proofs of God’s Existence
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Richard Dawkins Video: The God Delusion
Clinton Richard Dawkins is an eminent British ethologist, evolutionary theorist, and popular science writer at Oxford University. Dawkins first came to prominence with his 1976 book The Selfish Gene which popularised the gene-centric view of evolution and introduced the term meme into the lexicon, thereby helping to found the field of memetics. What do you think of this video in which he talks about the "God Delusion"?
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Sam Harris Says Science & God Book is Meaningless Drivel
In this essay, the bestselling secularist author of The End of Faith delivers a scathing review of The Language of God, a new book by Human Genome Project head Francis Collins that attempts to demonstrate a harmony between science and evangelical Christianity.
Sam Harris says: "Francis Collins—physical chemist, medical geneticist and head of the Human Genome Project—has written a book entitled The Language of God. In it, he attempts to demonstrate that there is “a consistent and profoundly satisfying harmony” between 21st-century science and evangelical Christianity. To say that he fails at his task does not quite get at the inadequacy of his efforts. He fails the way a surgeon would fail if he attempted to operate using only his toes. His failure is predictable, spectacular and vile. The Language of God reads like a hoax text, and the knowledge that it is not a hoax should be disturbing to anyone who cares about the future of intellectual and political discourse in the United States."
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Deicide: can one kill a God?
The Wikipedia has an entire entry on killing God (deicide) in both religion and fiction. Do you like it?
The question of who is responsible for the execution of Jesus has both historical and theological components. Historical analyses of Jesus' death have generally assigned responsibility to either the Jewish leadership in Palestine or the Roman government in Palestine. Theological analyses of who is responsible for Jesus' death have included all humanity through their sinfulness or God (for the benefit of people in general).
Friday, July 14, 2006
Wikipedia's List of God in Fiction
Monday, June 26, 2006
Why Steven Hawking's Cosmology Precludes a Creator
This paper suggests that "one can predict everything in the universe solely from physical laws. Thus, the long-standing 'first cause' problem in cosmology has been dispelled." This cosmology has eliminated the need to postulate an originating cause of the universe's beginning. Stephen Hawking has famously said "there is no place for a Creator." The author shows that the very explanation of the universe offered by quantum cosmology implies that quantum cosmology is logically incompatible with theism, and a quantum God does not exist.
Friday, June 02, 2006
God hates squid
In this article, a famous biologist makes the bold assertion that "God hates squid." Some creationists go so far as to say that octopuses and even giant squid could be considered "nonliving" creatures, and their articles explain why.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Guide to Kosher Machines
A guide to kosher machines. Sabbath law prohibits Jews from performing actions that cause a direct reaction; that would qualify as forbidden work. But indirect reactions are kosher. In Hebrew, this concept is called the gramma. There are two types of grammas. Say you hit a light switch, but it doesn't come on immediately - that's a time delay, a time gramma. There's also a gramma of mechanical indirectness, like a Rube Goldberg contraption in which a mouse turns a wheel that swings a hammer that turns a key that launches a rocket. You can't claim the mouse actually launches the rocket.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Bible says that there is no afterlife
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Can an Atheist Believe in the Afterlife?
In this interesting article, an atheist suggest that the "Self" is part of all mobile organisms: it is rudimentary in most, consisting of the ability of the organism to orient itself in its environment and usually to distinguish itself from what is not itself and friend from foe. More complex organisms evolved a full array of senses and balance. The conscious awareness evolved from the rudimentary to the complex because it enhanced our prospects for survival. The most complex organisms have the ability to foresee their own death and to ponder what happened to a loved one who has died. Neanderthal burial sites, complete with flowers, have been discovered; Contrast this with the fact that by the time a goldfish swims from one end of the tank to the other, it has forgotten that there is a glass wall there! A goldfish's awareness, though sufficient to keep it alive, is nonetheless quite dim compared to ours. But in all cases, the awareness is a process that is established by the nervous system and vanishes into non-existence upon the destruction of that nervous system. Read more.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Religion in the year 2200
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Did Jesus want his message to spread in a clear manner?
If Jesus had wanted his message to spread in an undistorted fashion, why did he not write down his message?
In other words, if one reason he had come was to reveal the will of God, why did Jesus seemingly fail to commit his revelations to writing during his lifetime, and with his own hand. Instead, it appears that he left this important task to "anonymous writers" (and later redactors) who may have made a sufficient number of mistakes and written a sufficient number of contradictory facts and ideas in their accounts to divide Christians for centuries to come.
Couldn't Jesus have written down his message in a clear manner? If he did, why don't the gospels tell us of his writings?
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
On the existence of Jesus
Of what aspects of the life of Jesus may we be certain? Stephen Spignesi's "The Odd Index" lists sixteen crucified saviors other than Jesus Christ. Examples of Christ legends appear to predate Christianity. Note that:
- There are many mythological heroes and gods -- such as Hercules, Osiris, Bacchus, Mithra, Hermes, Prometheus, Perseus, and Horus -- that have much in common with Jesus. All were said to have gods for fathers and virgins for mothers and births announced by stars. All were born on the 25th of December (solstice), had tyrants trying to kill them when they were infants, met with horrifying deaths, and rose from the dead.
- Statements exist in the New Testament that allude to several New Testament Jews, such as Theudas and Judas, who, just prior to Jesus, claimed to have received revelations and miraculous powers from God and who were killed and their followers scattered. (Acts 5: 36-37) Similarly, the false Jewish prophet Bar-Jesus of Paphos is mentioned in Acts 13: 6. Paul, while filled with the Holy Spirit, strikes Bar-Jesus blind.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
A Scientist Reflects on Religious Belief
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Free Will and an Omniscient God
Theologians like Maimonides (Moses ben Maimon, 1135-1204), St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430) and St. Thomas Aquinas (1224-1274) believed that God is outside of time and can see all history at once. It is from our own limited perspective that we are making choices. But still, they are choices. However, if an omniscient God sees all time at once, does the future exist even now for him, and do you think our decisions are truly free?
Monday, March 06, 2006
Images of Heaven
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Martin Gardner's God
While critical of organized religions, Gardner believes in God, claiming that this belief cannot be confirmed or disconfirmed by reason. At the same time, he is skeptical of claims that God has communicated with human beings through spoken or telepathic revelation or through miracles in the natural world.
Martin Gardner's philosophy may be summarised as follows: There is nothing supernatural, and nothing in human reason or visible in the world to compel people to believe in God. The mystery of existence is enchanting, but a belief in The Old One comes from faith without evidence. However, with faith and prayer people can find greater happiness than without. If there is an afterlife, the loving Old One is real. [To an atheist] "the universe is the most exquisite masterpiece ever constructed by nobody", from G. K. Chesterton, is one of Martin's favorite quotes.
Gardner says in Skeptical Inquirer, "Shortly before he died, Carl Sagan wrote to say he had reread my Whys of a Philosophical Scrivener and was it fair to say that I believed in God solely because it made me "feel good." I replied that this was exactly right, though the emotion was deeper than the way one feels good after three drinks. It is a way of escaping from a deep-seated despair. "
Source 1, Source 2
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
On the Nature of Satan
Many of you may picture the devil as ruler of hell, inflicting physical and mental pain on others. But this portrayal of the devil is nowhere in the Bible. In the Bible, the devil is just another captive.
Jews and Christians refer to the devil as Satan, a fallen and arrogant angel. In parts of the Old Testament, Satan is not God’s enemy but rather a challenger or accuser. The word devil comes from the Greek diabolos, meaning "slanderer," or "accuser." The word Satan is the English transliteration of a Hebrew word for "adversary" in the Old Testament.
In the Old Testament, Satan gambles with God about the faith of Job. Later, in the New Testament, Satan becomes the "prince of devils" and has names such as Lucifer (the fallen angel of Light), Belial (lawless), or Beelzebub (Lord of Flies):
All the people were astonished and said, "Could this be the Son of David?" But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "It is only by Beelzebub, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons." (Matthew 12:24-27) What harmony is there between Christ and Belial ? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? (2 Corinthians 6:15-16)
For Christians, Satan’s job is to tempt man to commit immoral acts. Moselms believe in Iblis, the personal name for the devil. They also call him ash-Shaytan, which means the demon. In the Koran, God tells Iblis to bow in front of Adam, the first human. Iblis refuses.
Seven Old Testament books and every New Testament writer refers to Satan. In the Middle ages, theologians debated about how a supernatural being like Satan could exist in a universe governed by an omniscient, omnibenevolent, omnipotent God. Many came to believe that Satan was not an actual being but a symbol of evil.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Saturday, February 11, 2006
Why Being an Atheist is Reasonable
If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time." -- Bertrand Russell
Why Religion is Not Always A Great Thing
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Nine Angelic Ranks
First comes God. Next come:
1. SeraphimWho in the heck is this pseudo-Dionysius fellow? Scholars believe he was a Syrian monk. Known only by his pseudonym, he wrote numerous Greek treatises that blended Christian theology and mysticism. Pseudo-Dionysius believed that God was essentially unknowable.
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Mathematics and God
Monday, January 30, 2006
Whom did Cain Marry?
Biblical apologists have interesting explanations for Cain’s wife. (A biblical "apologist" is one who ardently defends the integrity of the Bible.) They suggest that people in the book of Genesis lived exceptionally long lives -- many hundreds of years. If this is accepted, there could be millions of people on Earth by the time Cain looks for a wife. Even if Cain and his wife were closely related from a genetic standpoint, the marriage would not have been sinful because the command against marrying close relatives did not appear until Moses’s day. For example, Abraham married his half-sister.
Friday, January 27, 2006
Patent Granted for Jewish Switch Cover
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
The Implications of Frozen Brains on the Afterlife
In the 1950s, hamster brains were partially frozen and revived by British researcher Audrey Smith. If hamster brains can function after being frozen, why can’t ours? In the 1960s, Japanese researcher Isamu Suda froze cat brains for a month and then thawed them. Some brain activity persisted. But what if there is an afterlife? If we can someday freeze a human brain and then revive the person in a 1000 years, did that person already experience the afterlife while his brain was lifeless? I discuss this and similar questions in Sex, Drugs, Einstein and Elves.
Monday, January 23, 2006
Make you believe that I am God?
On a cool Autumn night, you are gazing up at the sky when a being suddenly appears and asks, "What can I do to make you believe that I am God?" What is your answer?
Here are some responses I received. More responses are in my book The Paradox of God.
- You could ask Him to explain why He believed he was God.
- You could ask Him to find a rock He can’t lift, and lift it.
- First, ask the being to define what God is. Second, ask for five arguments -- understandable to the best human minds -- that provide testable evidence as to the existence of God. Finally, make sure that Steven J. Gould, Martin Gardner, and Richard Dawkins would accept this evidence.
- Is it possible that there is no single act that could be used to convince you that the being was God? Because anything God says or does could result from a sufficiently advanced technology, we could not know if God is merely some alien playing jokes on humans. However, if the entity is God, He should be able to adjust the nature of our brains so that we truly believe that the entity is God.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
What can we know of God?
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Life after death?
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Religion and science
Sunday, January 15, 2006
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Rebuild a "Third Temple"?
Dr. J. Randall Price says that the most volatile 35 acres on Earth are those comprising a rectangular platform in East Jerusalem, known as the Temple Mount, on which the ancient Jewish Temple once stood. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament together affirm that a new Temple will once again occupy this platform as part of God's end time program for the Nation of Israel."
- Do you think The "Third Temple" In Jerusalem will ever be built?
- Would you like it to be built?
- Could it be built without physically disturbing the Muslim Dome of the Rock?
- What political and sociological events would ensue should Israel built the Third Temple -- even if it did not physically disturb the Muslim Dome of the Rock?
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Mystery ice cream design and God
Sunday, January 08, 2006
What is your favorite alternate religion?
Friday, January 06, 2006
Science must destroy religion?
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Cosmic mindmaps of Christian doctrine
Monday, January 02, 2006
Philip K. Dick, God, and time
Read more: http://www.greylodge.org/occultreview/glor_010/dick_world.htm
Saturday, December 31, 2005
Jesus tomb patent
U.S. 4,866,863. Man receives patent for a religious shrine, in particular a miniature replica of the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem as described in the New Testament of the bible. In a modification, the top cover of the shrine can be raised by a mechanism activated by rolling the round stone at the entrance into an open position.
Thursday, December 29, 2005
Message in the sky
The authors of this technical paper argue that the cosmic microwave background (CMB) provides a remarkable opportunity for the Creator of the universe to have sent a message to its occupants, using known physics. The medium for the Godly message is unique. They elaborate on this observation, noting that the message requires careful adjustment of the fundamental Lagrangian, but no direct intervention in the subsequent evolution of the universe.
Read more: http://arxiv.org/abs/physics/0510102
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Patent received for Jesus doll
U.S. Patent 6,007,404: A soft-bodied doll bearing a resemblance to a caricature of Jesus. The doll includes a voice simulator for phrases from Jesus' ministry. A responsible adult can use the Jesus doll to teach young children about Jesus' historic life. The doll includes an actuator for the voice simulator contained within a body portion of doll which may be manually activated to speak one or more of these phrases. Separate voice simulators may be used with a switch permitting the supervising adult to transition the doll from use with a young child to one who is capable of understanding Jesus' teachings when the child's mental faculties dictate.
Monday, December 26, 2005
Human immortality and God consciousness
Read more: http://godconsciousness.com/humanimmortality.php
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Scientist explains why we believe in God
Read more: http://edge.org/3rd_culture/gilbert05/gilbert05_index.html
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Guide to the Gods
Welcome to Godchecker - your Guide to the Gods. We have more Gods than you can shake a stick at. Godchecker's Mythology Encyclopedia currently features almost 2,700 deities.Browse the pantheons of the world, explore ancient myths, and discover Gods of everything from Fertility to Fluff with the fully searchable Holy Database Of All Known Gods.
Read more: http://www.godchecker.com/
Friday, December 23, 2005
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Christians ate psychedelic snails to see God
Read more: http://people.etnoteam.it/maiocchi/fabbro.htm
Dinosaurs and the Bible
"The Bible tells us that God created all of the land animals on the sixth day of creation. As dinosaurs were land animals, they must have been made on this day, alongside Adam and Eve, who were also created on Day Six (Genesis 1:24-31)... The Bible makes it plain that dinosaurs and people must have lived together. Actually, as we will soon see, there is a lot of evidence for this."
Read more: http://www.answersingenesis.org/Docs/2.asp
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
A grid of stars?
What Kalinda discovered with her new, powerful telescope was a perfectly arranged array of stars in the shape of a cubical grid. About ten stars formed each edge of the cube.
To confirm her initial observations, she decided to use the Hubble Space Telescope’s camera to more clearly resolve the star grid, which was located some seven billion light years from Earth. Because peering at distant stars is like looking back in time, the images revealed a star grid that existed when the universe was 60 percent of its current age.
If our scientists today discovered such a grid of stars, how do you think it would affect society and current scientific thinking? Would the artifact have religions repercussions? How would you react? Image what a similar arrangement might have had on the writers of the Bible if the arrangement were visible to the naked eye.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Children, death & immortality
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Can God seem cruel?
How do today's Protestants feel when they realize that Martin Luther said that the Jews are a "serpent's brood" and "one should burn down their synagogues and destroy them"? Why does St. Aquinas tell us we should kill people for errors in belief? Although the ten commandments forbid murder, the Old Testament appears to contain numerous murders by God or aided by God in which "innocent" women and children are killed. I discuss these matters further here, but how do you deal with such weighty and emotional topics?
Saturday, December 17, 2005
God and intelligent design
Of course, science is yet to find an unequivocal "made by God" label attached to nature.
Friday, December 16, 2005
Who were the Biblical "Watchers"?
One of their number, a leader named Azazel, is said to have "taught men to make swords. Other Watchers revealed to humans the knowledge of more scientific arts, such as astronomy. Far more disturbing is Kasdeja, who is said to have shown "the children of men all the wicked smitings of spirits and demons, and the smitings of the embryo in the womb, that it may pass away". In other words he taught women how to abort babies.
(Similar stories at: http://www.pagenews.info)
Thursday, December 15, 2005
A gift from God
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Star Trek, religion, and beyond
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Science, God & Robert Sawyer
So Gould's dichotomy, filtered by Bunker's definition, leaves us with an untenable position: some questions are best answered by science, and other questions can only be addressed if you're willing to consider the irrational.
Sawyer flat-out rejects that. He's convinced that science is the only legitimate way of knowing. Not received wisdom from putative holy texts. Not mystical insight. Science.
Monday, December 12, 2005
God and calculus?
In the paper we find: "Calculus is one of the subjects being taught for higher mathematics in high schools and colleges. The purpose of this paper is to show how to use calculus in our relationship with God. I will employ parallelism and contrast to teach the values with the hope that through teaching calculus the teacher can bring his/her students closer to God."
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Saturday, December 10, 2005
Psychedelic Depictions of Christ
Highway Christ in The Day by Dyala Janke
Jesus by Danny Gomez
Friday, December 09, 2005
What was God doing before the Big Bang?
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Surrounded by the unseen
Do you like this quote and find it to be meaningful?
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Peacock gods are everywhere
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
How to see God
Monday, December 05, 2005
God and The Simpsons
Sunday, December 04, 2005
67% chance that God exists
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Design your own God
Here's how it works. You are invited to select attributes that you believe God must have. Metaphysical engineers will then model this conception of God to check out its plausibility.
Friday, December 02, 2005
God, Epilepsy, and Jesus
Controversial new research suggests that whether we believe in a God may not just be a matter of free will. Scientists now believe there may be physical differences in the brains of ardent believers. Inspiration for this work has come from a group of patients who have a brain disorder called temporal lobe epilepsy. In a minority of patients, this condition induces bizarre religious hallucinations - something that patient Rudi Affolter has experienced vividly.
Nephilim, Angels, and Neanderthals
Some have speculated that the strange Biblical reference to Nephilim may represent a deep, past, collective memory of the time when Neanderthals coexisted with Homo sapiens. We know that Neanderthals inhabited Europe and the Middle East during the late Pleistocene Epoch, about 100,000 to 30,000 years ago. The Neanderthals were the first hominids to intentionally bury their dead, and they had larger brain cases than modern humans. Examination of skeletal remains indicates that Neanderthals were a physically powerful and war-scarred race. While controversial, some researchers suggest that the Nephilim might refer to either Neanderthals or strongly muscled but possibly sterile hybrids produced by the mating of Neanderthals and Homo sapiens. Even today, scientists do not fully understand the Neanderthal's evolutionary origin and final fading from the world scene.
Thursday, December 01, 2005
Images of God and His prophets
Mary and the Seven Sorrows:
What interesting images of God or other higher beings have you found on the web?
Was the God of Moses a praying mantis?
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
A question from God
You may share your answer by selecting the "comments" link below.
The Bridegroom of Blood
"On the way, at a place where they spent the night, the Lord met Moses and tried to kill him. But Zipporah, his wife, took a flint and cut off her son's foreskin and touched his feet with it, and said 'Truly you are a bridegroom of blood to me!' So he let him alone. It was then she said, 'A bridegroom of blood by circumcision.'"
Whom is God trying to kill? Why? What is a "bridegroom of blood?" Biblical scholar and author Kenneth Davis suggests that circumcision was believed to ward off demonic attack. Because Moses was presumably not circumcised, the smearing of the blood on him may have protected him as well. Others suggest that Moses' wife wasn't fond of the Hebrew rite of circumcision and had resisted it. This passage might have referred to Moses contacting an incapacitating disease that almost killed him, leaving his wife to do what was necessary. One scholar says that this episode is so difficult to understand because the biblical narrator no longer knew its real meaning. It seems to be a fragment of a once independent tradition and exhibits archaic features, such as representing Yahweh as a kind of hostile night demon, and the use of a flint knife for circumcision.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
A question from God
You may share your answer by selecting the "comments" link below.
Patent application for "Resurrection burial tomb"
Here is Figure 22 from the patent application:
A skeptic's view of God
Could God be detected by gravitational waves?
Monday, November 28, 2005
God's Debris: free e-book
Why is it Free? Frankly, this is the hardest book in the world to market. When it first came out in hardcover, booksellers couldn’t decide if it was fiction or nonfiction. Was it philosophy or religion? It’s a religion/science book written by a cartoonist, using hypnosis techniques in the writing. It’s a thought experiment. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever read. How do you sell something that can’t be explained? Imagine that you meet a very old man who knows literally everything. Imagine that he explains for you the great mysteries of life—quantum physics, evolution, God, gravity, light, psychic phenomenon, and probability—in a way so simple, so novel, and so compelling that it all fits together and makes perfect sense.
Building a universe that doesn't fall apart
My theory is this: time is not real.... Despite all the change we see, a specific permanent landscape underlies the world of change: and this invisible underlying landscape is that of the Bible; it, specifically, is the period immediately following the death and resurrection of Christ; it is, in other words, the time period of the Book of Acts.... [There is] internal evidence that another reality, an unchanging one, exactly as Parmenides and Plato suspected, underlies the visible phenomenal world of change... and we can cut through to it.... Thousands of years pass, but the world of the Bible is concealed beneath it, still there and still real.
To Dick, the Bible is a literally real but veiled landscape, never changing but usually hidden from our sight. Although Dick realizes that modern scientists would scoff at his seemingly insane assertions, he promotes his odd world view as a useful metaphor for the difficulties human have when trying to comprehend reality. Pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Heraclitus wrote, "The nature of things is in the habit of concealing itself."
Mysterious entity: "The Aphex Face"
Researcher discovers "The Aphex Face," a mysterious entity, in a spectrograph (visualization of the sound spectrum)....
For several years, people have wondered about the mystical significance of the "Aphex Face," a haunting image found in an acoustical analysis of sound. Some called it a "hidden demon face" and gave it a religious significance. Others said it was somehow intentionally embedded in the sound as a prank. You can see the face for yourself here:
And you can read about the explanation for the face here:
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Patent for game that models heaven and hell
Edward Gilhooly patents a "game board apparatus" having a game board horizontally divided into two sectors representing heaven and hell. The start position is at the bottom of the hell and the finish winning position is situated at the top of the heaven. The players use playing pieces to traverse spaces in the heaven and hell sectors, the amount of advancement being dictated by indicia provided on decks of question cards and answer cards.
Do space aliens have souls?
Galaxy-gazing scientists surely wonder about what kind of impact finding life or intelligent beings on another planet would have on the world. But what sort of effect would it have on Catholic beliefs? Would Christian theology be rocked to the core if science someday found a distant orb teeming with little green men, women or other intelligent forms of alien life? Would the church send missionaries to spread the Gospel to aliens? Could aliens even be baptized? Or would they have had their own version of Jesus and have already experienced his universal or galactic plan of salvation? Curious Catholics need not be space buffs to want answers to these questions and others when they pick up a 48-page booklet by a Vatican astronomer.
Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service, Vatican City
On the Fast Track to "The Rapture"
Increasing natural disasters are raising the rapture index, leading some Christians to believe the Second Coming is near. Whether you see earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis as natural disasters or acts of God, this has been a bad year for the world and a good one for the rapture index. The index, a feature on the Web site http://www.raptureready.com/, is a measure of how quickly the world is careening toward the Second Coming of Christ. On a good day, it claims 15,000 hits.Read more:
Nancy Haught, Religion News Service
Noah's Ark: A Feasibility Study
Dreams and the Near-Death Experience
Mellen-Thomas Benedict has some wonderful insights about dreams and the near-death experience he had. He states, "When I recovered, I was very surprised and yet very awed about what had happened to me. At first all the memory of the trip that I have now was not there. I kept slipping out of this world and kept asking, "Am I alive?" This world seemed more like a dream than that one. Within three days, I was feeling normal again, clearer, yet different than I had ever felt in my life. My memory of the journey came back later ... What happens when we dream? We are multi-dimensional beings. We can access that through lucid dreaming. In fact, this universe is God's dream.
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