Could we do a scientific experiment?
By Morris Dean
We sometimes argue over whether a person can actually experience Jesus – as opposed to imagining experiencing Jesus. Well, maybe we can design an experiment to find out [i.e., decide the question]? I'll need your help to do this. Consider this an open letter asking for your assistance.
Kyle Garza, I hope you will have time to help. You have already helped, as a matter of fact, for I'm pretty sure that your recent comment on my August 13 post, "On whose authority?: Whom do you trust?" prompted my muse to suggest this experiment to me a couple of mornings ago. You commented that your
trust is placed in the authority of a Person Whom I consider to be the Author of my experiences of reality, and with whom I have daily personal experiences. My trust...rest[s] in the real, daily experience of the Person about Whom [the Bible] is written...Unless I invest myself personally in knowing Him as a person, a mere idea He shall remain.That suggests that in order for human subjects to attempt some sort of communication with Jesus, they're going to have to do something that you refer to as "invest themselves personally." Could you specify that in order for us to work the details into an experimental protocol?
Patrick Sawyer, you too may be able to contribute to this part of the design. And you, Robert Regallie. Both of you have indicated to me – whether by way of public comment or private email – that you communicate with, or have experience of, Jesus. Please help us specify what preparatory steps our experiment must include in order to select and orient appropriate human subjects to participate. Thank you all!
Chuck Smythe, I hope you will be able to add scientific rigor to our protocol. As an agnostic in the matter, neither knowing that communication with Jesus is possible nor knowing that it isn't, you even seem to me to represent the idea human subject. And, of course, you are a scientist – a retired scientist at any rate – trained in scientific experiment and objectivity, and experienced in scientific experiment. Please weigh in, although I think I can understand that you might first need to see what Kyle, Patrick, and/or Robert might suggest. Thank you!
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And, of course, anyone who considers him- or herself a potential subject by reason of dispassionate objectivity and neutrality with regard to the question of belief in the possibility of experiencing Jesus, register your willingness to serve as a research subject when we have the protocol well-defined and ready to go. I suspect that Chuck Smythe is going to prescribe a fairly large number of subjects in order to meet statistical standards for a scientific experiment of this sort.
Unless we get a grant from the federal government or a wealthy philanthropist, I'm afraid that participation can't be compensated with cash. I hope that other kinds of personal reward can be had by all concerned. Thank you!
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