BR 5:06, Dec 1989
If the Resurrection Isnt Historical, Neither Is Hiroshima
Malcolm L. Peels The Resurrection in Recent Scholarly Research, BR 05:04, demonstrates why even those of us who arent Fundamentalists tend to hold modern biblical scholarship in contempt. According to Mr. Peel, its three principles are skepticism, correlation ( [E]ach event has an empirical cause [T]his principle must automatically rule out the supernatural) and analogy ([A]ny historical event must be fundamentally similar to events experienced by the historian in her/his own time).
Applying these principles to, say, the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, we can see that it would fail the triple test of skepticism, correlation and analogy. Since were supposed to doubt everything that the Church tells us, I guess that means that we should doubt everything that the government tells us about nuclear weapons as well. And if the principle of correlation automatically rules out the existence of the supernatural, I guess it rules out the existence of particles too small to be seen. I personally believe that the existence of subatomic particles has been proven, but I feel the same way about the supernatural.