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5.0 out of 5 stars The Death Knell of Positivism?, March 24, 2006
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This book is not a "literary" masterpiece, but it is a masterful presentation of the mathematics behind the so-called "Bible codes"--often complex, improbable phrases found by computers that skip "equidistant letter sequences" (ELS)in a variety of Hebrew texts from the Old Testament canon. Most of the author's research has been done on the Pentateuch, Ezekial, and Isaiah, but also includes an analysis of codes found in the Psalms and Proverbs. The results are simply astonishing, and the author does a good job of explaining the statistical probabilities that these phrases--often quite relevant to the surface text--could have occurred by mere chance. If these complex, meaningful codes are real, it is difficult to explain how they could have occurred in the texts, some of which have been handed down from antiquity with very few transcriptional errors--as demonstrated by texts found among the Dead Sea scrolls in comparison with much later Hebrew transcriptions. I believe that Sherman's data offers a very serious challenge to atheistic positivism, the modern philosophical assumption that there is nothing "Supernatural" about observable phenomena. I seriously doubt, however, that most positivists will be able to look at this data objectively. They will begin with the assumption that it is religious nonsense, and will not accurately perceive the phenomenon.
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