Alberta Atheism Theism Miracles Deity and Jesus’ History Part One

The purpose of this blog is to share some history about Jesus of the bible. There are people who argue that Jesus was a myth and never really existed. However, very important, there is information in the writings of ancient historians that Jesus did in fact exist.

Those who have studied the limited records of the first century explain that the emphasis in Roman times was mainly about Roman politics and international events, and any events involving Jesus or Christians were not considered to be of much importance. Nevertheless, it will be meaningful to consider some of the significant recorded facts about Jesus and his followers.

A Roman historian, Cornelius Tacitus, (b.56 – d.117 ?) wrote a history of the Roman Emporers called the Annals. He wrote, “….Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite torture on a class hated for their abominations, called christians by the populace. Christus from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilate….”. Wikisource, The Annals (Tacitus) Book 15:44.

Jesus, Tiberius Caesar and Pontius Pilate are mentioned in the bible in the book of Luke. Luke’s stated purpose was to present an eyewitness account about Jesus.

Pliny the Younger, wrote a letter to the Roman Emporer Trojan in about AD 112 and asked how he might handle those accused of being followers of Jesus. He said they had a practice of meeting before daylight and sang verses as a hymn to Christ as a god. ( This ,of course, was after the death and resurrection of Jesus)  Wikipedia: Pliny the Younger; Epistle Concerning the Christian Religion.

Josephus(b.37 – d.100) , a famous Jewish historian, in his book, Antiquities, in referring to James and Jesus wrote, “…. James the brother of Jesus the so called Christ, ….”.  Quoted from, Josh McDowell, A Ready Defense p.199.

Polycarp (b.69 – 70 d.150-155) was an early church leader who knew the apostle John and was taught by him. During that time he had the opportunity to hear John tell what Jesus taught and did.  This was eye witness information for John to pass on to Polycarp. This information in turn was passed on to the people of his time.  Polycarp died a martyr. He was burned to death by the Romans.

If one takes the time and effort one can find a substantial amount of sometimes small segments of information, other than in the bible, from both secular and religious records to prove that Jesus was not and is not a myth.

Non-Christen historian H. G. Wells regarding Jesus stated,  “Here was a man. This part of the tale could not have been invented”. The Outline of History (New York: Doubleday, 1949) 528

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Alberta Atheism Theism Miracles and Minor Gods Part Three

In the last post references were cited as to where information could be found about minor incorporeal spirit beings, both good and evil.

The debate about whether there is a God has likely gone on for as long as man has existed, but consensus has never happened. My intent for now is to focus on negative spirits and what conclusions can be made from observing an exorcism (deliverance). This can help in determining whether God exists.

Here are some things one can conclude from watching a deliverance. Harmful spirits can inhabit humans; they can display a variety of emotions; they are intelligent and knowledgeable; they may impact the behavior of their victim because of very negative deeds done by ancestors. This and more can be observed and verified through literature available on the topic.

It would be safe to say that some scenes in movies showing exorcism/deliverance, are somewhat exaggerated. I am aware of one individual who does deliverance and the whole procedure is quite subdued.

As I said in a past post, one Gabriale Amorth and many others, have done thousands of exorcisms in recent years. It would be grossly unfair to accuse them of being deceptive and staging exorcisms day after day, and year after year.

Exorcists do what they do by employing the authority of God and the use of the name Jesus. The use of any other name has no effect. If God sets the victim free then that can be called a miracle.

Again, the emphasis of this post in not to focus primarily on minor incorporeal spirit beings but rather to say that their existence indicates that there is a Supreme Being we call God. The christian scriptures state that the this Being, we refer to as God, created all minor incorporeal entities and everything else.

Some people question whether Jesus ever existed. We will look at this in the next post.

For those interested in reading more about exorcism, a book,  The Rite, The Making of a Modern Exorcist, by Matt Baglio may be useful. Baglio is a reporter living in Rome and has written for the Associated Press and the International Herald Tribune. Publishers Weekly has said, “For anyone seeking a serious and very human examination of this subject, one that surpasses the sensational, The Rite, is absorbing and enlightening”.

If you would like to learn more about incorporeal entities (minor gods) then this is an informative book. Thanks for visiting.



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Alberta Atheism Theism Miracles and Minor Gods Part Two

In this blog the topic is whether there is evidence for the existence of so called minor gods.

One of the questions posed in the previous blog was why do philosophers, scientists and other interested parties not go to where exorcisms are being conducted to learn what is happening, and furthermore, why ignore the literature that is available on the subject. I have knowledge of dozens of books written about exorcism, or deliverance, as commonly termed. The books are written by knowledgeable individuals who provide help to many who cannot get help from any other source. I am also aware of individuals who live in Alberta who do exorcisms so this is not secret information. I am not an exorcist, but I have studied the topic.

The spirit entities I have referred to as minor gods, of course, are not gods, but are either malevolent harmful beings or good helpful beings called angels. For sure these angels are not the scantily clad babies as sometimes depicted.

Two books,  An Exorcist Tells His Story,  and  An Exorcist: More Stories,  written by a Catholic clergyman, Gabriale Amorth, are available for those who wish to research this topic. Amorth has conducted many hundreds of exorcisms over a 9 year period. Amorth in his book,  An Exorcist: More Stories,  says, “I only wish that the many who claim not to believe in what they cannot see could witness an exorcism!” His books undoubtedly are available in your local library or Catholic bookstore.

Another book I found helpful is,  Uncovering the Mystery of MPD,  by James G. Friesen, PhD.  Friesen is a psychologist. In his book he says that in his counselling of clients he encounters malevolent spirit beings on occasion and they have to be expelled.

Several years ago a book became available entitled,  Angels on Assignment,  by Roland Buck. Buck, now deceased, was a minister of a large protestant church in Boise, Idaho. In his book he tells about a series of angel visits he had in the 1970’s. He told his congregation of 1800 about the visits as they occurred. His sermons were originally recorded and are now available for listening on the internet. The book, by Buck, is possibly out of print but may be available in used bookstores or available through the internet.

That there are incorporeal spirit beings may not be in the parameter of the reader’s beliefs, nevertheless, that is what the evidence shows. What is common to all exorcisms is that they all have one thing in common and that is the wording. Somewhere in the procedure the name Jesus or the trinity is used. If not, the victim does not get help. If the ritual is correctly applied and the individual goes free then this would be considered a miracle because God was involved.

Finally, given that intelligent incorporeal entities exist, what brought them into existence? The answer must be that they were created by a Supreme Being. The Big Bang could not have created intelligent incorporeal spirits.

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Alberta Atheism Theism Miracles and Minor Gods Part One

As we all know, whether there is a God has been debated for hundreds of years and has never been resolved. Relatively little has been debated about what we might call minor gods, good and bad. The question of miracles has also been debated without consensus.

Most, if not all, world religions and small-scale belief systems such as New Age, Spiritualism, Wiccan and Satanism have the involvement of minor spiritual entities. It is possible that if a Supreme Being exists there could also be minor spiritual beings, and if there are minor spiritual beings there could also be a Supreme Being.

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, after reading some material related to an Anthropology course, my curiosity was piqued when I read about some unusual occurrences that took place in the homes of a particular group of people. This it seemed was caused by an incorporeal force.

As time progressed I did research and gained some knowledge about ideas that were new to me. I read a lot of material and observed what transpired in some of the meetings that were open to the public. To clarify, these meeting were conducted to free individuals of spiritual entities who were making life very difficult for them. No one was forced into this procedure and each was relieved and grateful when the deliverance was complete. What is at first a bit confusing is that these entities are invisible and malevolent. But for sure, I was where the evidence was. If you would like further insight into this procedure, read the gospel of Mark in the New Testament.

What I find puzzling is that atheist thinkers and scientists don’t seem to go to where this evidence is. Why is this? They condemn the belief in spiritual entities because of a lack of knowledge and their conclusions are based merely on their own thinking and not on first hand evidence.

Based on what I’ve read and what I’ve witnessed, my conclusion is that there are minor entities. As best I can tell, those doing deliverance encourage people to see a doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist. If they can solve their problem then, of course, they needn’t seek help elsewhere and that certainly is desirable.

In keeping with the topic of this blog, anyone who is arguing that there is nothing supernatural, God or little gods, should do some serious research both by reading and by talking to those who do deliverance. I have a list of 117 books, and there are others, written about the above topic by educated and sincere individuals. Lack of information can not be an excuse for not having an understanding about minor evil entities.

In the next blog, information will be shared about good entities and particularly about one man who has a very interesting story to tell. Check back before the end of the month.

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Atheism Agnosticism Theism and Pursuing Truth

Recently, while thinking about the many views people have about philosophical and religious issues such as, is there a deity, it became clear that were a mature intelligent individual to make a first appearance to our planet, it would be a daunting task to learn and understand all the differing views held by atheists, agnostics and theists. What would be found true and by what means?

All of us have been born into or at least grown up in a setting where there was a belief system, practiced or implied. The question then all of us face is, if we are thinking and care at all, what beliefs are valid, true, and how can we know for certain.

In a graduate course we were required to write what were called “position papers”. In such a paper one is expected to research and bring into play all the facts and arguments supportive of one’s belief on a given topic. A problem inherent in this process is that facts and arguments contrary to one’s, position, but totally valid, are deliberately ignored or denied. This procedure, as we are all aware, can occur in court rooms, legislative houses and anywhere else where there are differing opinions. This also happens in the debates between atheists, agnostics and theists.

In recent years many debates have taken place between atheists, agnostics and theists all in the pursuit of truth. The debaters obviously are knowledgeable and one can assume with a better than average IQ. Nevertheless, they don’t reach a consensus and listeners are left with the task of determining the truth. The question then arises whether there is another avenue to truth. Is there another source of knowledge that could be helpful in our search for what’s valid and beneficial for us? This is not to denigrate all the knowledge we have available to us. For example, we have all benefited immensely from the advances in medicine.

However, as the years have gone by I’ve come to realize that there might be more to know than what comes out of lecture rooms and labs. This perspective will be shared in the posts ahead.

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