It’s a recurring nightmare. The radiation-ists are circling about the room, circling about Mother Nature who is sitting in the middle of them all. One of them speaks up.
“We need something, Mother Nature,” said one of them. “Maybe some mechanical transparency or maybe a neutron storm from the collapse of a perfect vacuum. How about an electroweak quantum tunnel or a Sphaleron field, whatever that is? Mother Nature, we need something that will create an image.”
“I can’t do that,” said Mother Nature. “It’s not in my nature. “Blame St. Augustine for messing with our minds when in City of God, he suggested that a miracle is not contrary to nature but only to our knowledge of nature. Miracles, he thought, were a concealed potential in nature. Philosophers have never been able to shake this. “Don’t you think that if God could raise Jesus to new life,” said the personification of all things natural, all things scientific, “he could create a picture without some intended or unintended byproduct of that miracle?”
I think I’m on the side of Mother Nature on this one.
Dan wrote: “Don’t you think that if God could raise Jesus to new life,” said the personification of all things natural, all things scientific, he could create a picture without some intended or unintended byproduct of that miracle?”
A couple of thoughts: It seems strange to me that God could create a picture with unintended byproducts. And, yes, he obviously could create a picture without an intended byproduct but would we in the 21st century be thinking and/or discussing it as much?
An excerpt from my upcoming book, The Shroud of Turin – The Ticking Time Bomb
Resurrection is the natural way the human body is designed to exit the planet. This is where the Catholic Church is headed.
Father Tiso’s academic credentials and glowing résumé are worth noting. At the time of his visit [to Tibet] he was parochial vicar at St. Thomas More Church in San Francisco, California. From 2004 to 2009, he was the Associate Director of the Secretariat of Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Affairs of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops and the Catholic liaison to Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. In 2017, he was a priest in the diocese of Isernia-Venafro, Italy, and pastor of Saint Michael, the Archangel, in Fornelli, Italy. Father Tiso holds a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University and a Doctorate from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, where he specialized in Buddhism studies. He has written and lectured widely and traveled extensively in South Asia, Tibet, and the Far East.
Father Tiso is a deep thinker and very approachable. His conclusions, with which I concur, are documented in his book about rainbow body. In it, he writes:
“What Christians claim for Jesus alone is shown to be possible to any serious yogin who follows the recipe [Dzogchen] offered by a still viable religious tradition. ”
Father goes on to say:
“What modern science says is impossible turns out to be possible and within reach of experience and even of observation, thus satisfying those who object to the intellectual hegemony of natural science.”[i]
[i] Francis Tiso, Rainbow Body and Resurrection: Spiritual Attainment, the Dissolution of the Material Body and the Case of Khenpo A Chö (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2016), 303-304.
Ockham’s razor. Why avoid it on purpose?
It’s unavoidable. His body lives. Hebrews 1:3
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