Friday, April 7, 2006

And the Stupid Shall Inherit Academia

A Florida State University researcher believes he has a natural explanation for the biblical account of Jesus' miraculous walk on the surface of the Sea of Galilee – ice.

Professor of Oceanography Doron Nof and the co-authors of his study theorize that a rare combination of optimal water and atmospheric conditions resulted in a unique, localized freezing phenomenon called "springs ice. . ."

A frozen patch of ice floating on the surface of the lake would be difficult to distinguish from the surrounding unfrozen water, making it appear as if Jesus were walking on water, according to the theory.

Yet another theory porporting that Jesus was a deceptive charlatan, and that his disciples collectively had IQs lower than those of Galilean fishies. How original.

"If you ask me if I believe someone walked on water, no, I don't," he told Reuters. "Maybe somebody walked on the ice, I don't know. I believe that something natural was there that explains it."

What a surprise. Of course, his assumption--without evidence-- is that Jesus was not God, nor could he perform miracles. Start with a faulty premise, draw a faulty conclusion. "Scientists" have a corner on this market. Once you rule out the miraculous up front, any explanation--even the laughable--is fair game.

Imagine such a stroll. Jesus must've practiced quite a bit in the art of floe-hopping, otherwise he would've floundered like a penguin on a newly-waxed floor. And Peter--poor, clueless, mentally stunted Peter--just couldn't figure out the gag.

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