Here are comments and reactions to the miracle of the names, some from professors (who were impressed), some from editors (who were not impressed), also graduate students, ordinary people, and you the web surfing public.
Even if you are not that interested in my argument, you might find it interesting how various people and institutions react to claims of the miraculous. Contrary to what they say, the non-believers do not devote much time to debunking miraculous claims.
There are five specific three digit numbers in the New Testament. This excludes estimates and round numbers. Four of these numbers are triangular numbers and the fifth is a square. I estimate that this should happen by chance about one time in 55 thousand.
Here is a couple of much shorter essays on symbolism and patterns concerning the Last Supper and the suppers with the resurrected Jesus, and the similarities between the Crucifixion and the death of John the Baptist.
This essay has two objectives. My objective is either to provide evidence for the existence of God or to stimulate people to find a natural explanation for the phenomena. I consider this a win/win situation because in either case useful knowledge will be found.
I myself have discovered what I believe is a partial natural explanation. But while I think this partial explanation is good I doubt it completely explains the phenomena. So without further ado, here is the link to a controversial line of evidence.local miracle stories.
Not quite local, this one happened about thirty miles away, raising the dead.
I have talked to four people, three close friends who claim that they heard people speaking in tongues they knew, but the speaker did not. This is the first of what may be a series of pages on local miracles in my town.
Not exactly a local miracle but a local friend told me this. Just as Pocahontas is amazed at the spiritual ignorance of John Smith so natives are often surprised at the ignorance of the missionaries, but the witch doctors and shamans were also amazed at the spiritual power of the missionaries. The missionaries were ignorant of the spirits but the spirits were not ignorant of the missionaries. Recognizing the power of the missionaries the shaman was often first to convert.
Of particular relevance is this page on the complimentary relationship between science and miracles. You could not recognize that a miracle is a miracle without scientific knowledge. Miracles are to science as ink is to paper. Miracles do not contradict science, they contrast with science, because contrast is necessary for communication, and miracles are acts of communication.
I also have an essay on methodological materialism. I argue that methodological materialism can be a useful neutral ground on which scientists with many different metaphysical commitments can work together. Religious people should not be offended by the special role of materialism in science because part of the reason we conduct science as if we are atheists is because it is so irrational to be an atheist.
Here is a page on what, if anything, religious statistics mean to the person searching for metaphysical truth.
There is wide spread concern that religion conflicts with freedom and democracy. This is sometimes used as an argument against Christianity in spite of the fact that every single country given the highest possible rating for freedom and democracy by Freedom House was a traditionally Christian country. Read more in my essay that uses Freedom House data to objectively examine the relationship between freedom and religion.
It might be noted that scientists specialize. As the standard joke in academia goes, the objective is to know more and more about less and less until you know everything about nothing. Of course, religion is almost always outside of their narrow area of specialization. Writers are more likely to be generalists.
My Reddit username is richleebruce, the same as this website. My YouTube channel is also richleebruce. On the Internet, if you see richleebruce, it is almost always me.
You can read my posts on Reddit and on the more recent discussions vote me up or down and make comments.
However,religious people should be warned these religious debate subreddits tend to be toxic and anti-religious. This warning is particularly important for those who are young, or not firmly established in their faith. If you do want to check these debate sites out on Reddit, I suggest you do it by following the discussions I am involved in, or someone else who is defending your faith. I find that my fellow Catholics do an excellent job of explaining and defending the faith on Reddit.
Ok, now that you have been warned, this is the link to my user page.
If the essay on Old and New Testament names appeals to you, you might also like this one on number theory and the number of the beast, 666. Like the names essay this impressed several professors and other experts, but it impressed them more on the level of mathematics than religion. There was talk that it might be included in an academic book on number theory, but appears that it was just talk.
This short essay on my conversion to the Catholic Church through Bible study was published in Catholic Digest, probably the most read Catholic periodical in the English language. The essay recounts how I studied the New Testament line by line comparing Evangelical Christianity and the Catholic Church.
A couple of professors at UC Davis suggested I should TA for the religious studies department. I have a fairly strong knowledge of religion as suggested by the test score on all religions.
Tell me what you think. Here is my contact information..
Catholic Church Miracles
Bible Difficulties Resolved
Reconciling Science and Religion
Who Believes, Statistics
Mentioned above My Conversion Through Number Theory