Communion of SaintsThe Ground of Faith
Exploring Science, Mysticism and Experience Together
Journal of the Science and Spirit Resource Group

April 2010
Editors: The Rev. Michael Cocks and The Rev. Victor MacGill

More about the Spiritual Body


To our clergy colleagues

More about the spiritual body

Lisa Williams in Christ church: A surprise

Lent can be a time to hone our awareness of God

Richard Dawkins: pseudoskeptic?

ASPSI The Re-Education of Bennie Junot

ASPSI On the Physical Basis of ESP and Telepathy

ASPSI The Probability Laws of Parapsychology

Is There Such a Thing as Life After Death?

ASPSI Joe A. Nuzum’s Trilogy with Seamless Sterling Silver Rings: Presumed Psi Fission, Fusion and Linkage

Book Review: Karen Armstrong: The Case for God. by Sjoerd Bonting

Letters to the Editor

Other relevant e-journals, blogs and publications

Victor Zammit's Weekly Treasure Trove

Public Parapsychology

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To our clergy colleagues:

We in the Science and Spirit Resource Group, are mainly Anglican clergy who
have worked as parish priests most of our lives, and we have always been
emphasing life in Christ, as the Church understands this. First things first. On
the other hand we are grateful that our church, in the Lambeth Quadrilateral
states that in establishing the faith we should also use our minds, our reason.
Nowhere are we encouraged to ignore the use of science.

We would agree that as things are, it would be thoroughly inappropriate to
include some of the material that you can read in this journal, as part of church
worship.  Nevertheless we would maintain that what we publish helps us to
expand our understanding of Spirit, and helps us to enlarge our understanding
of what Jesus meant when he spoke of the Kingdom of Heaven.

To non-clergy and the general public:

In spite of what has just been said, the Group is trying to use the tools of science
, and that of disciplined investigation. We must not prescribe our conclusions,
or we will preclude our research. We hope therefore that what is presented
here will be of interest to all, regardless of religious beliefs.

More about the spiritual body

Readers may like to look back at our last issue's article: “The Spiritual Body”
where we gave evidence for the view that the spiritual body would be as solid in
its own terms, as is our physical body. We accepted that the universe is one
system, therefore physics should embrace both the physical and the spiritual.

Now we want to point out, that if there is a physics both of the spirit and of the
material, then we will need to see Mind / Spirit as its basic ingredient.

Here is an incident that such a physics will need to address: Read this article
where psychic Lisa Williams seems to see into a journalist's immediate future.

Similarly, when there is a dream that turns out to accurately predict the future,
ideas of ordinary cause and effect will need to be dropped. A striking example
for me, was when, after completing a telephone conversation with, shall we say,
ten topics, I looked for emails on my computer. There I found an email from a
friend in Sweden, who was describing a dream he had had eleven days earlier.
All ten topics were in the dream. Such events force us to re-think our ideas
about reality.

John Bell [John S. Bell] CERN physicist John Bell's work helps suggest
where to look for such a more comprehensive physics. His
Bell's Theorem relates to Quantum Entanglement , where all energy particles of the universe are understood as entangled with all others, so that in the last resort, we cannot speak of causation involving local time and space.

Communion of Saints

 Psychic research suggests that minds and spirits are similarly entangled. We
are reminded of Christian thought about The Body of Christ, or The Communion
of Saints. And for us non-physicists it's helpful to hold such pictures in our mind.
You will surely agree with me about that, if you have just clicked on the previous
two links, which provide bewilderingly complex information. On the other hand
if you can cope with the complexities of physics, then you might like to look at the Boundary Institute site.

Leibniz on Causation

When the strings of Paco Peña's guitar vibrate, Peña is not the real cause
of the vibration. Nor are his fingers, wrist, and arm real causes. Is the vibration
then uncaused for the occasionalist? No, for there is God. God, thought by many of Leibniz's contemporaries to be the only infinite (i.e., divine) substance, is
considered to be the only real cause. God causes the strings on Peña's guitar
to vibrate on the occasion of Peña's volition—itself caused by God—to strum
the strings on his guitar.”

Lent can be a time to hone our awareness of God

The Rev. Barbara Vincent, Dioc. Of Christchurch NZ
[A great sermon, applicable after Lent too.]

At the beginning of this third millenium we have an enormous amount of
knowledge about this incredible world we live in, and we take as a matter of
course things that once-upon-a-not-so long ago would have been regarded
as miraculous – like travelling from one side of the world to the other in person
in 24 hours, like sitting at home watching a rugby game or a riot as it happens
thousands of miles away … We could go on and on with incredible, miraculous
things but rarely, if ever, would the word ‘God’ have been part of the verbal
scene. Read the sermon

 Lisa Williams in Christchurch: A surprise

Journalist Vicki Anderson writes:

While I wait to be connected to British Psychic Lisa WilliamsLisa Williams for our interview,
I attempt to make my mind go still.
Unfortunately all I can think of is the image of
Homer Simpson's brain – you know, the
episode where he imagines a bear in a tiny car.

As the phone rings, I really hope that Williams
can't read minds (“Dit, dit, didda, dit, did a la,
la, la”) I'm talking to Williams before her show at the Christchurch Town Hall
late last year. We talk for some time about her career and how she discovered
her psychic ability. Read

Richard DawkinsRichard Dawkins: pseudoskeptic?

Readers may care to explore the following sites:
Peter S. Williams: Who's afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
and this site which refers to numbers of other sites

Case Report

Leonora PipaASPSI The Re-Education of Bennie Junot

by Michael E. Tymn

Abstract: For more than six years, Bennie Junot,
who died in 1898 at the age of 17, communicated
hrough the trance mediumship of Leonora Piper of
Boston, Mass. The communications were observed,
studied and recorded by Dr. Richard Hodgson of the
American Society for Psychical Research. This article
summarizes some of the more meaningful sessions with Mrs. Piper.

Philosophical Discussion

ASPSI On the Physical Basis of ESP and Telepathy

by David Brownstein

Abstract: Up to now discussion and testing of Extrasensory Perception
have been centered on
human experience. However there has been no
examination of the physical conditions
independent of human beings,
without which, ESP would not be possible as a human faculty. This
article will attempt to 'put the horse before the cart' by explaining the

that allows the transmission of something from somewhere to
humans. It is also the intention of this article to show how
is independent of both Thought Telepathy and Action

Philosophical Discussion

ASPSI The Probability Laws of Parapsychology

by Robert G. Howard, Ph.D.

Abstract: J. B. Rhine and others asked, “What would lead to general scientific
attention to parapsychology?” This article and previous articles have defined the
c general theory in their answer, “A general theory that would harmonize psi
ommunication with the known energetic system of the universe.” Rhine was
one of the first researchers to use probability mathematics to gain scientific
attention to parapsychology. This article suggests many more tools in the
mathematics of probabilities. Three hypotheses are proposed to connect the
physical part of parapsychology to the psychical part through probability
mathematics. Read

TIMEIs There Such a Thing as Life After Death?

By Laura Fitzpatrick

TIME Friday January 22,

Is there life after death?
Theologians can debate
all they want, but radiation oncologist Dr. Jeffrey
Long says if you look at
the scientific evidence,
the answer is unequivocally yes. Drawing on a decade's worth of research
on near-death experiences — work that includes cataloguing the stories
of some 1,600 people who have gone through them — he makes the case
for that controversial conclusion in a new book,
Evidence of the Afterlife.

Read more: <,8599,1955636,00.html#ixzz0f6wkQ5NY>

Case Report

linkedringsASPSI Joe A. Nuzum’s Trilogy with Seamless
Sterling Silver Rings: Presumed Psi Fission, Fusion and Linkage

by Berthold E. Schwarz, MD

Abstract: In psi experiments
over three successive night’s
paragnost Joe A. Nuzum effected the fission, fusion and finally linkage of two seamless Sterling Silver rings.

Book Review

Karen ArmstrongKaren Armstrong, The Case for God

Knopf, New York, 2009, 406 pp., hc $27.95 (withBonting glossary, bibliography, refs.)Reviewed by Sjoerd L. Bonting

The first line in the Introduction reads: “We are talking far too much about God these days, and what we say is often facile.” And then follow 405 pages about God, but it is a pleasure to read what she has to say. Her clear style of writing makes even complex matters easily understood. Yet, she displays a remarkable breadth of knowledge and understanding of every subject she writes about.  Read the rest of the review

Letters to the Editor

Author: George Moss on his new book:


Sixty years ago I was an inconsequential young conscript posted to an army
training establishment. But there was one high spot to this brief military sojourn -
giving a talk to an open-minded Salvation Army group on the value of fossils
and how they prove the Earth did not begin in 4004 BC.  It was a brave stance
for a young school-leaver, at a time when adherence to a 4004 BC creation
was still commonplace. It is now time for another brave stance - looking
beyond  Earth and traditional Earthly theology to the much wider vista of
God's creation.

 Read the rest of the letter

Other relevant e-journals, blogs and publications

Don't forget to visit these websites: Victor Zammit's site for instance,
is updated every week with new material of great interest.

Victor Zammit's Weekly Treasure Trove

ZammitVisit the archives of Victor Zammit's weekly newsletter at  for hours of
 fascinating reading.  When you open this website you have the
opportunity to request that these emails be
sent to you every week, something that we strongly recommend.

Spend hours exploring these very important links

Debunking Common Skeptical Arguments Against
Paranormal and Psychic Phenomena;  
Winston Wu

Scientific Committee to Evaluate Pseudo Skeptical Criticism of the

We strongly recommend this site, as a source of much interesting material.

Public Parapsychology

Editors' notes: Public Parapsychology is one of an increasing number of web
sites that we should be aware of.. and subscribe to. Try this url:

The Largest Database of Afterlife Description & Analysis on the Internet

This web site is a compilation of information on the afterlife and other related
critical concepts, such as the purpose of life and reincarnation, as they relate to
souls here on earth. We have not created this site to convince anyone of the
validity of this information, we simply invite you to read through the data,
explore the sources we have used and visit other sources to learn more.
Using spirit sources from and respected authors like Michael
Newton, Allan Kardec, Jane Roberts and others, the results of our first
investigations reveal 94.8% agreement on a variety of very specific topics.
We believe this web site contains the largest
correlation of spirit
communications about the afterlife
, all from respected sources,
available anywhere. We will continue to expand this data as information
is made available to us and our research expands.”

Click for hours of fascinating reading

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