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A Book Review of Joe Nickell’s The Science of Miracles

imageDonald B. Ardell has written a book review of “The Science of Miracles” by Joe Nickell (pictured). It is carried in Perry Street Palace:

“I’m more or less a nice person,” he starts out . . .

. . . I try not to hurt people’s feelings. But, it is nearly impossible not to channel my inner Lewis Black when I encounter people who believe maniacal lunacies. How can seemingly sane people, unsupervised adults capable of dressing themselves, communicating with others, using the bathroom and even safely crossing busy intersections take any of the following things seriously?

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  • That the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of Jesus, produced by a miraculous burst of radiant energy at the moment of the Resurrection.

He says almost nothing about the book or the subject matter but lavishly praises Nickell:

Joe Nickell, author of The Science of Miracles, has long been known and respected as a fair-minded expert at sniffing out facts and unraveling secrets. His latest book casts a scientific eye on all of the beliefs noted above and many more. It is a valuable source for all who hold faith-based beliefs. It should be read by anyone who gives so much as a microscopic glimmer of credulity to one or more of the miracle claims described in The Science of Miracles.

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What I’d Like to See Joe Investigate Next

How about an investigation of the efficacy of prayer and the evidence for a heaven or hell, the resurrection, the trinity, transubstantiation or, the biggest miracle of all, the validity from a science perspective of the existence of God – any god? I dunno. Maybe Joe is at work on such a book. I hope so. If so and if he finds any science that supports any of these religious claims embraced by billions of Christians, Islamics, Jews and others all over the world, that will truly be a miracle.

Lewis Black? Black is a barely amusing comedian. He specializes in ridiculing politics, religion and certain cultural groups of people. Think Don Rickles on steroids in a T-shirt.

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