In his Foundation series, Isaac Asimov introduces the idea of a mentalic – a person with unusual psychic abilities. In Forward the Foundation (Foundation Novels), he describes how mentalics discover their peers in society: “Stettin, I believe you said that on certain occasions you’ve ‘felt’ another mind like yours but haven’t been able to identify it.” “Yes,” answered Palver, “I’ve had flashes, but each time I was in a crowd. And, in my twenty-four years, I can remember feeling such a flash just four or five times.” “But Stettin,” said Seldon, his voice low with intensity, “each flash was, potentially, the mind of another person like you and Wanda – another mentalic…We must find other mentalics.” As mentalics studied their world, they realized they were different from most of those around them. Certain events and chance encounters triggered that awareness, and by meeting and working in concert with fellow mentalics, they had the potential to change the world.
The Christian faith is nothing without the resurrection of Jesus. If Christ was not raised, we might as well pack our backs now and, like many renowned atheists, end our lives prematurely: There is no hope, no purpose, no objective morality, and our faith is a monumental waste of time. So many today believe that Jesus’ resurrection was a fabrication, a magician’s trick, wishful thinking, pure fantasy, or irrelevant. As followers of Jesus, instead of bickering among ourselves over trivial concerns or embroiling ourselves in politics, we should be proclaiming the resurrection of Christ at every opportunity – because everything else in this world pales into insignificance. While the body of every other historical figure has rotted away, the body and person of Jesus live on!
Naturalists assume that our world consists only of what we can detect – and no more. To accept anything different would open the door to a supernatural world. But what if dimensions of space exist of which we are unaware? This idea was popular in Victorian England, and it was explored in a landmark novel of the time: Flatland. In the author’s two-dimensional world, a sphere has ‘supernatural’ properties, seemingly a circle that can appear, disappear, and change size as it moves in a hidden third dimension. What would we expect to see if a fourth dimension of space exists? Could it be detected by scientists?
In 1894, Robert Anderson was Chief of the Criminal Investigation Department at Scotland Yard, the headquarters of Britain’s national police force. It was in this year that his most well-known work was published for the first time: Coming Prince, The (Sir Robert Anderson Library Series). In this book, Anderson used his extensive investigative powers to confirm perhaps the most remarkable prophecy in all the Bible. When he retired a few years later, this well-respected public servant was knighted by Queen Victoria to become Sir Robert Anderson. He lived to see ten editions of his book be published.
According to the laws of physics, there’s no reason why time should move only forward. Total entropy would increase, for example, whether we’re moving backward or forward in time (which points to a universe with very low starting entropy – that is, highly ordered). We’re locked to the arrow of time, and we move forward at a constant pace, but that appears to be something imposed on us. Based on what we know of science, it’s quite possible for beings to exist outside of time. (Brian Greene discusses the time dimension in detail in his very readable book: The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality.)