Jesus’ Return – A Scientific Fact

Posted by on Aug 2, 2014 in Historical Puzzles

Scientists and those who are religious have, it is commonly understood, been in conflict since the time of the Renaissance. The FreeMasons and other secret groups were founded on the notion that scientific ideas were contrary to many articles of faith. Believing that the earth went around the sun could get you into serious trouble at one time as could ideas about using rational thought. It is possible however that science will accomplish one of the longest held religious beliefs in the world, the belief in the Second Coming. The last book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation, culminates in the Second Coming. Jesus is referred to as “the Word of God” in the Book of Revelation. His Return is an article of faith for approximately two billion people. If you include Muslims, who also believe  that Jesus will return to earth at the Day of Judgement, we are looking at three and a half billion people, about half the world’s population. Muslims, of course, have an interesting relationship with science. Many, like fundamentalist Christians, dispute the theory of evolution and theories about the age of the universe. But what if the Second Coming could be brought about by the science they doubt? Human reproductive cloning, the making of cloned humans, has been the subject of debate, popular culture and legal restraint in many countries. Many people have fought to hold back the process since Dolly the cloned sheep was created in 1996. But in 2013 scientists made a real breakthrough. An embryonic clone of a real person, using DNA from that person’s skin cells, was created. The scientists claim that it is unlikely that the clone would develop fully, but the day that it can, given the pace of scientific development, cannot be far away. The team who created that clone, in the Popular Science article linked above, used skin tissue. Scientists in Japan have cloned mice from drops of blood. In popular culture the search for the Holy Grail is one of the oldest and most influential themes. The Grail legend mixes ideas about the Holy Chalice with legends about Joseph of Arimathea and the Last Supper dating back to at least the 12th century. Legends of the Relics of Christ include mystical tales of shrouds in Turin and in Spain and the story of a piece of the True Cross in Notre-Dame de Paris. What if the human urge to find and preserve such relics culminates in the use of the relics to clone the man who half the world believes is God? Would the clone have the same Godly qualities as Jesus? Would he be followed by billions? Would he throw the money changers out of the temple? Whatever you believe, the likelihood is that there is a search on worldwide for the true relics of Jesus, which could be used to clone Him. It will be another thirty years or so before He is revealed to us, but...

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Foreshadowing. What makes you read on? #4

Posted by on Nov 30, 2012 in On Writing

This is the final post in this series, created as a lead in the launch of The Jerusalem Puzzle ebook on Monday Dec 3rd.  We have had: A sense of adventure. What makes you read on? #1 Action opening alternatives. What makes you read on? #2 A sense of mystery. What makes you read on? #3 and now this final post in the series. Foreshadowing, for me, comes in two forms. The first is the simple, “something different was about to happen” phrase inserted in the text, which makes the reader wonder what is about to happen. I recommend doing this only very occasionally. I think I use this explicit form of foreshadowing only twice in The Jerusalem Puzzle. The reason you can’t use it very often is that readers get tired of such things very easily. Explicit foreshadowing loses its appeal very quickly. The second type of foreshadowing is a general foreshadowing brought about by the plot. For instance, if the main character is going  to Jerusalem to investigate the disappearance of someone he knows, then the reader will naturally anticipate what will happen next. This subtle foreshadowing is useful because it uses the reader’s imagination. It’s not just plot driven novels that use subtle foreshadowing, literary novels use it too. When any change or event is anticipated in the text you are using foreshadowing. Inspiring anticipation is a critical aspect of writing compelling fiction in my opinion. Anticipation is, for me, one of the greatest pleasures of being alive. Looking forward to Christmas, a holiday, a big game, a night out, a family event, an election, are what keeps many of us going through the hum drum nature of everyday life. If you can inspire anticipation in your writing, by hinting at what is to come, you will have cracked a powerful technique to make people read on. And I use make deliberately. I hope you have enjoyed this series. If you would like to order The Jerusalem Puzzle please click one of the links to the right. Next week  I will post about the secrets revealed in The Jerusalem Puzzle. Thanks for coming...

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The Jerusalem Puzzle takes a big step forward

Posted by on Apr 4, 2012 in On Writing, The Jerusalem Puzzle

Last Friday I finished draft one and two of The Jerusalem Puzzle. I call it one and two because I go back every day and edit what I wrote the previous day. The Jerusalem Puzzle is written! On Monday I started on the next edit. I plan to have it finished by mid May, when I will send it to Harper Collins. I was pleased that both yesterday and the day before I was able to do my target of editing ten pages a day. This means, for me, that it’s fairly smooth already. That doesn’t mean to say that there won’t be changes and suggestions from Harper Collin’s editors, but it’s a lot smoother than The Istanbul Puzzle was at this stage. I guess writing day after day, year after year is finally paying off. As for the novel, I like it, if I’m allowed to say that. The main mysteries that were held over from The Istanbul Puzzle, what’s in that book they found, for instance, are solved in The Jerusalem Puzzle. Someone at the heart of the story dies too, but I can’t tell you any more about that. It’s set mainly in Jerusalem, with some chapters in Cairo and the Judaean Hills. It’s about contemporary Israel too, with the very real threat of war hanging over the country, a threat that comes alive during the novel. The Jerusalem Puzzle is due for release January 17, 2013. There may be an early chapter released at Christmas by Harper Collins. I hope you enjoy it when it comes out. Next month, May, I will be sending an outline to the next in the series to Harper Collins. Once that is agreed I will tell you the title. We might also have the cover of The Jerusalem Puzzle to show you around then. Thanks for all your feedback and support. I truly appreciate...

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