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Reality Check: Science Meets Religion


The book Reality Check: Science Meets Religion contains numerous End Notes to supporting information which can be found online. This page duplicates those pages of the book but, instead of showing long web page addresses, contains clickable links that directly open the referenced material. They will not make much sense unless you have a copy of the book—but they do prove the author's evidence and proposals are not just 'dreamed up'.

The book provides an amazing synergy of known facts, and the end product of bringing everything together is to show how religion and science can truly be regarded as complementary. This is a challenge to the atheist, a gift to the agnostic, and reassurance for believers who worry about apparent conflicts between the Bible and science.

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  1. Religious demographics show over half the world’s population believe in God [link]

  2. Mark 10:25 refers to a camel passing through the eye of a needle [link] and Matthew 15:14 refers to the blind leading the blind and both falling into a pit [link]. These are two examples that Jesus had a sense of humour.

  3. Read a transcript of the speech by Pope John Paul II in which he admits evolution may be part of God’s plan [link]

  4. Despite his earlier confidence, Stephen Hawking finally admitted science may never come up with a ‘Theory of Everything’ [link]

  5. Dr. Paul Stevens, at Edinburgh University has investigated telepathy between ‘emotionally close’ couples [link]

  6. This YouTube video shows the amazing telepathy test involving the Nolan sisters [link]

  7. Evidence that Sigmund Freud often came across telepathy, and it was accepted by Carl Jung [link]

  8. Dr. A. P. Elkin, an anthropologist from Sydney University, found evidence of telepathy between Australian Bushmen [link]

  9. Prolonged military investment to explore telepathy suggests both Russia and the USA believe there must be something in it [link]

  10. Mark 2:1-12 provides evidence Jesus used telepathy [link]

  11. Evidence of a shared dream involving house-mates [link]

  12. Evidence of a shared dream involving a mother and her 2 year-old child [link]

  13. Map showing the locality of the real dream location I shared with my wife [link]

  14. Amazon listing of books about ‘near death’ experiences [link]

  15. Google listing of websites about ‘near death’ experiences [link]

  16. This film clip is relates to Life After Life [link]

  17. A really convincing case of an out-of-body and near-death experience is that of a Russian scientist named Dr. George Rodonaia [film: link] [text: link]

  18. Scientifically-controlled proof of an ‘out-of-body’ experience [link]

  19. John 1:47-50 may show us Jesus had ‘out-of-body’ knowledge when he described seeing Nathanael under a fig tree before he even met him [link]

  20. My author website includes a much fuller account of Lord Geddes’ description of his ‘near-death’ experience [link]

  21. Details about the incorruptibility of Paramhansa Yogananda’s body after death are amazing [link]

  22. This video, and the one that follows it, show a fascinating conversation between Deepak Chopra and Rudolph Tanzi, a Harvard Professor of Neurology, about the seat of consciousness being somewhere other than in the brain [link]

  23. Here is some information about the pineal gland [link]

  24. It is puzzling for many that Genesis 1:27 tells us God created mankind ‘in his own image’ [link]

  25. In Exodus 3:13-14, after Moses asks God what name he should use for him, God replied: “I am who I am.” [link]

  26. Genesis 1:1-5 describes Day 1 of creation [link]

  27. Genesis 1:6-8 describes Day 2 of creation [link]

  28. Genesis 1:9-13 describes Day 3 of creation [link]

  29. Genesis 1:14-19 describes Day 4 of creation [link]

  30. A sign of human editing appears in Genesis 1:14, since it sounds a bit improbable that God would have suggested he created stars just to ‘serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years’ [link]

  31. Genesis 1:20-23 describes Day 5 of creation [link]

  32. Genesis 1:24-31 describes Day 6 of creation [link]

  33. Genesis 2:1-4 describes God’s day of rest on Day 7 of creation [link]

  34. Genesis 2:7 is the second account in Genesis about the creation of man—and it differs in substance from the first. [link]

  35. Genesis 6:1-7 introduces the term ‘sons of God’ and differentiates them from the earlier ‘human beings’ on earth [link]

  36. Because we are part of God-consciousness, Corinthians 2:16 tells us ‘we have the mind of Christ’ [link]

  37. John 2:1-11 describes powerful mind-over-matter—a miracle—when Jesus turns water into wine [link]

  38. John 6:19 tells us the miracle of walking on water was no problem for Jesus [link]

  39. In Matthew 17:20 Jesus tries to explain the power of the mind, given adequate faith [link]

  40. As described in John 10:37-38, Jesus told people to judge him by his deeds if not by his words, referring to his many miracles [link]

  41. Joel 2:28 tells us God speaks to men in dreams and visions (which is when their conscious does not override their subconscious) [link]

  42. John 5:24 reveals that Jesus said anyone who hears and believes his word, and also believes in God, will not be judged [link]

  43. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 describes how Jesus was seen by some 500 people after his resurrection [link]

  44. Jesus told Martha that belief in him assured eternal life [link]

  45. In Luke 23:39-43, Jesus tells the repentant thief he would be in Heaven with him that very day [link]

  46. Luke 16:8-9 distinguishes ‘people of this world’ from ‘people of the light’ (ie those already in Heaven) [link]

  47. Check this out for more information about ‘M-Theory’ (or ‘String Theory’) [link]

  48. In Luke 17:20-21 we read that Jesus said Heaven was within us [link]

  49. Mark 1:1 refers to Heaven being ‘torn open’ (as if another space-time dimension was glimpsed through a tear in our world) [link]

  50. Matthew 3:16 [link] and Luke 3:21-22 [link] speak of ‘Heaven being opened’ to view from this world

  51. Here is an explanation of a ‘wormhole’ in space [link]

  52. Read details of a debate about God between Richard Dawkins (against) and Francis Collins (for) [link]

  53. A five minute argument by Francis Collins perfectly agrees with my argument that evolution was part of God’s process of creation—as opposed to a more ‘hands-on’ ‘intelligent design’ approach [link]

  54. Matthew 18:3 is where Jesus tells us we need to have [undoubting] faith ‘like little children’ in order to enter Heaven [link]

  55. Scientists agree the ‘Big Bang’ marked the beginning of time [link]

  56. Read more about the law of ‘Conservation of Energy' [link]

  57. Where does the energy needed to hold a nucleus together come from? [link]

  58. For God, only the present tense can be used—because he exists beyond the confines of time and is, indeed, the creator of time. Exodus 3:13-14 shows how he describes himself in the present tense as “I AM” [link]

  59. The notion of a ‘Universal Mind’ dates back to around 480 BC [link]

  60. ‘Cosmic Consciousness’ defined [link]

  61. Extensive research into cosmic consciousness was undertaken by Richard Maurice Bucke in 1901 [link]

  62. This YouTube clip shows how belief of uncontrollable ‘destiny’ can lead people to foolishly ignore their own safety [link]

  63. Matthew 26:36-46 describes how Jesus knew his destiny. He then willingly took the path towards that destiny, despite the horror of what he knew was about to happen to him—in the knowledge he would have an eternal life after his physical death. [link]

  64. Matthew 18:3 is the source of the ‘little children’ quote by Jesus [link]

  65. 1 Corinthians 14:29 tells us we should ‘weight carefully’ to check information about God sounds true and right before we accept it. Although it refers to speakers (prophets) in a church this applies in all circumstances [link]

  66. Genesis 4:16-17 describes how Cain went to live in the ‘Land of Nod’, indicating more people were around than Adam and Eve’s clan in those early days [link]

  67. Exodus 20 lists the ‘Ten Commandments’ [link]

  68. Matthew 16:21 describes how Jesus came back from the dead and appeared to his disciples three days after physical death, just as he had predicted he would do [link]

  69. Matthew 28:11-15 describes how the false story about Jesus not having died came about—exposing the misleading lie at the heart Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code [link]

  70. Acts 2:1-10 describes the miracle of the followers of Jesus speaking in foreign tongues unknown to them—yet identified by others who heard them [link]

  71. Learn more about the ‘Alpha Course’, which allows you to ask questions about God in an informal atmosphere [link]

  72. In John 5:24 Jesus tells us how to achieve eternal life [link]

  73. 1 Corinthians 2:16 is where the Bible tells us we have ‘the mind of Christ’ [link]

  74. Matthew 7:7 tells us how to get a response from God in prayer [link]

  75. Read this comprehensive article about all that is misleading about Jesus in Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code [link]


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READER COMMENTS:

"The most abstract of concepts are communicated in a clearly digestible form… There is a tremendous need for the genre represented here: arguments which transcend the physical world. For many, if not most, the task of adequately preparing oneself to respond to such questions is simply too daunting. I appreciate the scholarly professionalism and the extensive referencing… [The author] rises to the challenge of what most would consider an extremely difficult calling." (James Revoir - Authonomy)


"This is a very intriguing piece. I believe there is a significant demand for such discussions... I especially appreciate the inviting style, which will definitely be a plus for more skeptical readers." (Faith Rose - Authonomy)


"The survey of arguments both for and against the existence of God provides the reader with a way to better compare and contrast different viewpoints… Presenting the strengths and weaknesses of all of these different viewpoints was one of the things I liked most. I was really interested to read these chapters because, as a mathematician and a Christian, while there may be perceived conflicts between science and religion, I believe there are no conflicts between the structures and systems of the universe and God. This book also explains things very well… [and is] accessible without sacrificing scientific integrity… I think the book will be enjoyed by many and will encourage lively discussion." (David Bortress - Authonomy)


"Extremely well written, researched and set out. Every point is very clear. The analogies are extremely imaginative and very effective. The passion in this work is powerful and every paragraph is thought provoking. The arguments are well thought through and persuasive... I would suggest that everyone reads it and think very carefully about what you say." (Gareth Naylor - Authonomy)


"'Reality Check' is an interesting and accessible book... that sets up the basic argument well, an intriguing one at that: proof of God in brain and mind being two different things, mind existing beyond the time-space continuum. At this stage my interest was piqued. I haven’t come across an argument like this before so it appears original... I was entertained and informed along the way and feel richer for the debate. Anyone interested in these themes would do well to have a read of 'Reality Check'." (Ross Clark - Authonomy)