Considering Scientific vs. Pseudoscientific World Views
With genuine science, a standardized process of investigation is followed:
1) Start with evidence/data and develop a theory that explains the data.
2) Do research to test the theory
3) If the results do not support the theory, you have to discard the theory and find another one that explains the data.
4) Repeat until you find no results that contradict your theory.
What if God is the best theory? Can scientists and academics set aside their biases to look at the evidence with an open mind?
Can the scientific process and investigation be applied to the claims of miracles? Is there even such thing as real miracles? Not the tele-evangelist kind of miracles. Not just stories of miracles on youtube or in the new age section of the bookstore. Documented miracles. Miracles witnessed by hundreds or thousands of eyewitnesses. Miracles put to the test of scientific scrutiny. Miracles that no one is getting rich off of.
What does this Bible passage in John 14:12 mean?
Even aside from the resurrection, Jesus did some pretty amazing things… raising the dead, walking on water, turning water into wine. If believers were to do works even greater than these then where do we find them? The Catholic church. It’s like God has rented a big bold flashing neon sign saying look here! This is My church. This is the church I founded. Look here for the answers you seek.
Below are some examples of miracles that have passed scientific scrutiny as well as the process the Church uses before endorsing a miracle.
New Evidence for the Resurrection Found in the Shroud of Turin:
Science Tests Faith (1:05): A documentary type presentation where various miraculous events are investigated by skeptical journalists, attorneys, and medical professionals and forensic pathologists. This is a MUST see. This video was pivotal in my conversion. If you watch only one video on this whole website, I hope it’s this one.
And here are two books from Ron and his team of researchers… scientific investigations into crying statues, stigmata, Eucharistic miracles, apparitions and more. I LOVE both of these books. As I said before, It’s like God has rented a big bold flashing neon sign saying look here! This is My church. This is the church I founded. Look here for the answers you seek.
The Incorruptibles: According to the laws of nature, when a person dies the body decays, becoming corrupt and withering away. But there are Saints in the Catholic Tradition whose bodies have defied all laws of science and have been preserved in ways which do not concur with the natural law. Again, this is like God renting a big neon sign saying that these are the people who got it right.
How the Catholic Church Validates Medical Miracles: “Whenever the church finds a miracle that can be used for canonization, it’s sort of a miracle in and of itself because the criteria are so strict.” -Michael O’Neill, The Miracle Hunter
The Mingling of Faith and Reason: Miracles and the Catholic Church: As a medical doctor and professor at Queen’s University, Dr. Jacalyn Duffin has an interesting CV. Her specialty? Miracles. In her career, Dr. Duffin has surveyed more than 1,400 miracles pertaining to 229 different canonizations and 145 beatifications from 1588 to 1999. In this edition of Catholic Focus, host Jenna Murphy will examine the place of miracles in the Church and their impact on the lives of those affected by them.
The Miracle of the Sun: This video discusses the evidence and secular documentation of the “Miracle of the Sun” which occurred Oct 13, 1917, in Fatima Portugal:
Miracles in Other Religions? Tim Staples addresses the rate and extremity of the miracles that occur in the Catholic Church vs other religions. He also discusses the extreme caution that the Church uses in approving the miraculous.
Miracles Explained: Below is a long video, but there are many great parts. Minute 9 discusses the power of the devil and false miracles. It starts slow, but minute 15 discusses how to discern if a miracle is from God, differentiating between the natural world (which follows the natural law), preternatural world (where angels and demons can operate) and supernatural realm (where only God can operate). Minutes 22-45 explores various Miracles that have stood up to the test of science.
Tears from Heaven: A weeping statue is a statue which has been claimed to be shedding tears or weeping by supernatural means. Statues weeping tears of a substance which appears to be blood, oil, and scented liquids have all been reported. While it is true, sadly some have been deliberate hoaxes, these have been exposed as such by the Catholic Church. Investigations today often include tests of blood and tears to discover if real human blood and tears, as well as scans, performed to reveal if a hoax is taking place. Side Note: Catholics do not worship statues. Anyone who perceives that man-made objects are worshiped is either misled or speaking out of malice or ignorance. Statues and other man-made objects are made every day, all over the world. It seems only religious ones weep. Religious statues and paintings act as a photograph of a loved one, kept as something precious because of the love a person has for the loved one in a photograph.
More Articles and Resources:
- The Gift of Miracles by Tim Staples.
- The Miracle Hunter website by Michael O’Neill
- Discernment of Miracle Claims by Michael O’Neill
- The Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe
- The Miraculous Staircase of St. Joseph
- Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano, Italy
- Life and Miracles of Padre Pio
- List of Approved Miracles at Lourdes by the Miracle Hunter
- from ListVerse.com who says, “This list is partly in response to the numerous people who have emailed me complaining of an atheistic bias on the site.”
- Top 10 Incorrupt Corpses by JAMIE FRATER from Listverse.com
- 5 Extraordinary Eucharistic Miracles that Left Physical Evidence (With Pictures!)
- Amazing Coincidence or Proof? All Major Relics of Christ Have the Same Blood Type
- Eucharistic Miracles Confirm Real Presence of Jesus Christ.
- Between flesh and bread: The autopsy of a Eucharistic miracle
- 5 Incredible Eucharistic Miracles from the last 25 Years
- Miracles of the Eucharist -Eucharistic miracles of Santarem, Amsterdam and Offida
- Shroud of Turin
- The Shroud of Turin, Authenticated Again
- Father Spitzer’s Universe – 2018-03-28 – New Evidence Of The Resurrection
Reading List: Below are a few books from reputable authors know for accuracy in their research. I list them because they have been influential on my path. I have no affiliate relationship and do not get paid for promoting them here
It seems that many academics hold a pseudoscientific worldview when it comes to religion. Religion is considered superstition made up to provide answers before a time when science provided real answers. It is further assumed that if science doesn’t have the answer to today it will in the future. It’s the opposite of genuine science because at the heart of science is: 1) You start with the evidence/data and you develop a theory that explains the data. If it successfully explains the data then you can hold on to the theory, if not you have to discard that theory and find another one that explains the data.
As G.K. Chesterton asserts, often it’s a different kind of “faith” that leads scientists to ignore the evidence for miracles.