In his bestselling book, The Language of God, Francis Collins-the scientist who led the National Institutes of Health's Human Genome Project-attempted to harmonize the findings of scientific research with Christian belief. In this response to Collins's work, fellow geneticist George C. Cunningham presents a point-by-point rebuttal of The Language of God, arguing that there is no scientifically acceptable evidence to support belief in a personal God and much that discredits it.Written with admirable clarity for the nonscientist, Decoding the Language of God covers much of the same ground addressed by Collins in his book:· Do moral behavior, altruism, and similar moral standards across cultures indicate that humans are somehow in touch with a divine lawgiver, as Collins argues? Cunningham cites data from behavioral genetics that suggest a purely naturalistic explanation for morality.· The existence of evil, both natural and human-caused, has always been a major stumbling block for religious apologists. Cunningham points out how Collins fails to adequately address this issue and the difficulty of reconciling belief in a good God with the existence of evil.· Collins refers to the origin of the universe and anthropic coincidences as evidence of God as creator of all of reality. By contrast, Cunningham notes that there are naturalistic interpretations for the big bang and the fine-tuning of the universe, which adequately explain this evidence.Cunningham also devotes chapters to the unreliability of the Bible as a basis for belief; the conflict between naturalistic explanations of reality, which are anchored in scientific research, and supernatural interpretations, which are not; and the many difficulties in conceptualizing the origins of the universe in terms of a personal God.Unlike recent hostile attacks on religious belief, Cunningham's respectful, well-reasoned discussion will appeal to open-minded people across the whole spectrum of belief and unbelief.George C. Cunningham, MD, MPH (San Francisco, CA), now retired, is the former chief of the Genetic Disease Branch of the California State Department of Health Services. He has published more than 150 articles in scientific publications, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, the American Journal of Human Genetics, and Pediatrics.
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In Decoding the Mind of God author O. M Kelly delves into the unconscious mind and discovers the secrets of the collective consciousness, showing how we can realize the potential of the human mind through belief in ourselves. The Laws of the universe are identical to the collective consciousness, they reveal an answer to every question we are capable of asking. We constantly receive these answers through the vibrations of the energy fields through our being, all without us knowing how to realign our intelligence with our unconscious mind. The truth remains hidden to us. Surprising as it may seem, the key to understanding ourselves lies in a mathematical language, which is the make-up of the unconscious mind. Kelly explores this language through the texts and myths of myriad cultures and belief systems, notwithstanding the truth of the science behind the Egyptian Hieroglyphs and the stories collected in the Bible. As we read this volume we realize that all of these stories are connected to our own story within. Kelly’s perceptions of the order of higher consciousness are framed by stories from her experiences of personal discovery and over twenty years of researching, lecturing and teaching all around the world. Once these codes are unveiled, we earn our freedom where we can release the fear in which humanity habitually traps itself, creating our accidents, diseases, why we die, right up to explaining extra terrestrial intelligence. This book exposes the secret codes of the universal language that will help us achieve the divine unity with the universe and ourselves.
....A touching compilation of true tales of love vs. hate, sad stories of right vs. wrong that not only intrigue the reader, but also give insight to the dynamics of the author's life as well as the genetics of her family. Her unique perceptions into the dynamics of neural pathways are mentioned as well as captivating significances in old adages and knowing that an old dog can be taught new tricks. This book is aimed at redefining the parameters of disabilities so as to illustrate that all persons are in fact created equal under God. The aim of the book is to illustrate that chromosomes should not be utilized as a formative factor in someone's mentality and just because someone doesn't look or act "normal" does not make them any less of a person. Disabilities are turned into abilities and the reader is prompted to find an alternative way of viewing reality and reading everyday signs. Readers are impelled to observe how they see the reflection of their own selves in others, especially their own children. Using a play on words as well as biblical reference and personal narration, languages are decoded and brought together in hopes of shedding light on the damaging effects that we as "gods" (posing as parents, siblings, medical professionals, and friends) have on others as a human race. Suess hopes that the readers will reconsider their words and their actions and the lasting impact that they have on others and make a positive, constructive change for the better.
What is God saying to you in your dreams? Decoding Your Dreams provides an in-depth explanation of the true source of our dreams, dream classifications, and even dream symbols. There are dozens of mentions of dreams in the Bible. From Abraham to Joseph, from Daniel all the way to Pontius Pilot’s wife, God has communicated with His people through dreams throughout recorded history. Why would God choose to speak to us while we sleep? Perhaps it’s because we are too distracted during the day to sit still long enough for Him to share the deep secrets of His heart. Jennifer LeClaire is convinced God speaks to us in ways that are very personal. At times he may use pictures, memories, impressions, or even a still small voice. Let Decoding Your Dreams help you embrace your Spirit-inspired dreams!
Dick Popkin and James Force have attended a number of recent conferences where it was apparent that much new and important research was being done in the fields of interpreting Newton's and Spinoza's contributions as biblical scholars and of the relationship between their biblical scholarship and other aspects of their particular philosophies. This collection represents the best current research in this area. It stands alone as the only work to bring together the best current work on these topics. Its primary audience is specialised scholars of the thought of Newton and Spinoza as well as historians of the philosophical ideas of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.
An international news story when published last year, now in paperback: A historical detective story leads to dramatic and ground-breaking revelations about the life and times of Jesus. Waiting to be rediscovered in the British Library is an ancient manuscript of the early Church, copied by an anonymous monk. The manuscript is at least 1,450 years old, possibly dating to the first century. And now, The Lost Gospel provides the first ever translation from Syriac into English of this unique document that tells the inside story of Jesus’ social, family, and political life. The Lost Gospel takes the reader on an unparalleled historical adventure through a paradigm shifting manuscript. What the authors eventually discover is as astounding as it is surprising: the confirmation of Jesus’ marriage to Mary Magdalene; the names of their two children; the towering presence of Mary Magdalene; a previously unknown plot on Jesus’ life (thirteen years prior to the crucifixion); an assassination attempt against Mary Magdalene and their children; Jesus’ connection to political figures at the highest level of the Roman Empire; and a religious movement that antedates that of Paul—the Church of Mary Magdalene. Part historical detective story, part modern adventure, The Lost Gospel reveals secrets that have been hiding in plain sight for millennia.
CONTRIBUTORS: FERGUS KERR OP Charity as Friendship SIMON TUGWELL OP Prayer, Humpty Dumpty and Thomas Aquinas BRIAN DAVIES OP Classical Theism and the Doctrine of Divine Simplicity DAVID B. BURRELL CSC Distinguishing God from the World DENYS TURNER Feuerbach, Marx and Reductivism ANTHONY KENNY Aquinas on Knowledge of Self P. J. FITZPATRICK Some Seventeenth-Century Disagreements and Transubstantiation HUGO A. MEYNELL Faith, Objectivity, and Historical Falsifiability MARGARET DAVIES The Genre of the First Gospel TIMOTHY RADCLIFFE OP 'The Coming of the Son of Man': Mark's Gospel and the Subversion of 'The Apocalyptic Imagination' BRIAN WICKER Taking Away the Sin of the World J. M. CAMERON The Theory and Practice of Autobiography ENDA MCDONAGH Prayer, Poetry and Politics
Calabi analyzes Philo's exegetical work related to interpreting and explaining the revelation given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai. Given that in the Hebrew Bible every single letter is basic to the expression of reality and cannot be modified, what is the relation between the Hebrew text, the Greek text utilized by Philo, and reality? Has the translation the same sacred character and authority as the original? Can both texts equally constitute a valid basis for every interpretation? The first two chapters of the book examine the relation between interpretation of the Law and its application, while the third focuses on the type of exegesis conducted by Philo, on its hermeneutic principles, and on the interpretative modes, which are also found in the Greek commentaries and/or in rabbinical literature.
In 2000, with the success of the Human Genome Project, scientists declared the death of race in biology and medicine. But within five years, many of these same scientists had reversed course and embarked upon a new hunt for the biological meaning of race. Drawing on personal interviews and life stories, Race Decoded takes us into the world of elite genome scientists—including Francis Collins, director of the NIH; Craig Venter, the first person to create a synthetic genome; and Spencer Wells, National Geographic Society explorer-in-residence, among others—to show how and why they are formulating new ways of thinking about race. In this original exploration, Catherine Bliss reveals a paradigm shift, both at the level of science and society, from colorblindness to racial consciousness. Scientists have been fighting older understandings of race in biology while simultaneously promoting a new grand-scale program of minority inclusion. In selecting research topics or considering research design, scientists routinely draw upon personal experience of race to push the public to think about race as a biosocial entity, and even those of the most privileged racial and social backgrounds incorporate identity politics in the scientific process. Though individual scientists may view their positions differently—whether as a black civil rights activist or a white bench scientist—all stakeholders in the scientific debates are drawing on memories of racial discrimination to fashion a science-based activism to fight for social justice.