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Index of Topics and Verses

The index of verses and Biblical Books starts at the bottom of this page, and I have put together an expanded glossary of religious terms. I have also added a tentative prophetic timeline.

Another page contains a list of all the essays on this website.

Academic Topics

Academic papers and conference presentations can be downloaded from the academia webpage, as well as the first two books A Programmer's Guide to the Mind and Higher Thought and Lower Motives.


The following is a list of theological topics discussed on the website, the name of the essay in which the topic is discussed, and a link to the appropriate section of the essay. As one can see from perusing this list, I have attempted to cover a wide range of topics in a reasonably rigorous manner:

Note: A Programmer's Guide to the Mind was written in 1997, Higher Thought and Lower Motives in 2001, and Biblical Christianity in 2010. I have included references to these three books because they cover a number of basic topics in considerable detail. However, some of the explanations in these books are dated, and I have avoided linking to topics in these books that are explained better in more recent writings.

The 144,000 and the Enlightenment, Revelation Revisited

Abomination of Desolation, Matthew 24, 1 John, Matthew 24, Daniel, Daniel

Abraham, Hebrews

Absolute truth, Bill Bright

Absolute truth and the Bible, Josh McDowell

Absolute truth and the destruction of the Temple, Matthew 24, 1 John, John 4

Absolute truth and emotionalism, Gerald McDermott

Absolute truth and Newtonian thinking, James Loder, Physics, Physics

Absolute truth and theology, Robert McCauley, 1 Peter

Absolute truth: attempts to reestablish, Luke 11

Absolute truth of Ellen White, The Great Controversy

Absolute truth versus exemplars, John 5

Absolute truth versus authority The Great Controversy

Absolute truth versus universal truth, 2 Corinthians 1

Aeneas of Lydda, Acts 9

Affections and mental networks, Gerald McDermott

Ahmadiyya Islam, Islam

Alexandria and the birth of science, Open Theism, Kabbalah, John, Daniel

Alien abilities and feelings, Alien Plan

Aliens and science, Physics

Alien mysticism, Alien Plan, Carla Rueckert, Acts 7

Aliens and sex, Alien Plan

Alien types, Alien Plan

American capitalism, von Mises

American Christian crisis of faith, Evangelicalism

American Christian fundamentalism, Bill Gothard

American Orthodox Christianity, Orthodox Christianity

The Amish, Anabaptism

Anabaptism and postmodernism, Anabaptism

Anabaptism and sexuality, Anabaptism

Anabaptism from a cognitive perspective, Anabaptism

Ananias and Sapphira, Acts 5

Ananias and Saul, Acts 9

An alien view of personal transformation? Carla Rueckert

Analogy and a concept of God, NT Wright

Angels and humanity, 2 Peter, Jude

Angels and names, Lorin Friesen

Angels and salvation, Lorin Friesen

Angels and spirits, Spirit

Angels, sex, and the Nephilim, Lorin Friesen, Acts

Anger and contempt, Dallas Willard

Doctrine of Annihilation, The Great Controversy

Anointing of the Woman, Matthew 26

Antinomianism, The Great Controversy

Antioch School System, Antioch

Apologetics, Ravi Zacharias

Apostolic succession, Matthew Kelly

Apostleship, Corinthians

The Ascension, Acts 1

Doctrines of atonement, Dallas Willard, 2 Corinthians 5

Atonement and incarnation, Dooyeweerd

Atonement and penal substitution, Bill Bright, Josh McDowell

Atonement and universal rebirth, Emanuel Swedenborg

Azusa street revival, Pentecostalism

Babylon and prostitution, Revelation, 1 John

Balaam, 2 Peter, Jude

Baptism of the Holy Spirit, Pentecostalism

Barabbas, John 18, Matthew 27

Beatitudes, Dallas Willard

Biblical inspiration, Orthodox Christianity

Bitterness, Higher thought

Blind Christian faith, Lorin Friesen

Blinding of Saul, Acts 9

Blood Guilt, Matthew 27

Bodily resurrection, NT Wright, 1 Corinthians 15

The Body of Jesus, John 19

Bread and Knowledge, John 6

Brown dwarfs, Alien Plan

Cain and Abel, Hebrews

Catholic charismatic renewal, Spirit

Catholic versus Protestant, Matthew Kelly

The Centurion of great faith, Matthew 8

Charismatic renewal, Spirit

Cherubim, Hebrews

Christology, John, John 8, John 10

Church and relationship, Josh McDowell

Church and state, John Redekop, Higher thought

Church and technology, John Redekop

Civil rights movement, Matthew 21, Daniel, Luke 6

Cleansing the Heavenly Sanctuary, The Great Controversy

Colonialism, Luke 3, Matthew 15

The coin in the mouth of the fish, Matthew 17

The cognitive development of Jesus, John 12

Communism, Matthew 18, Daniel

Confession, Matthew Kelly

Conscience (a 1997 introduction), Programmer's Guide

Conscience and cause-and-effect, Biblical Christianity

Approval conscience and natural conscience, Programmer's Guide

Constantine and the Church, Revelation Revisited

The consumer society, 1 Peter

Contemporary Christian music, Lorin Friesen

Corporate election, Open Theism

Cosmic plan, Alien Plan

Cosmic watershed, 2 Corinthians 5, John 16

Covenant Theology, Louis Berkhof

The church fathers and Christian doctrine, Orthodox Christianity

Creationism and scientific thought, Pentecostalism

Creation story, Eden

The Crucifixion, John 19, Matthew 27, Luke

Day of atonement, The Great Controversy

Deacons in Acts, Acts 6

Delegated spiritual authority, Acts 8

Deconstructionism, Matthew 21, Daniel

The direct path of mysticism, Lorin Friesen

Dismantling of Temple Stones, Matthew 24, Matthew 24

Divine Foreknowledge, Louis Berkhof

Divine Intervention, Louis Berkhof

Divine paradigm shift, 1 Corinthians 15, Matthew 24

Divine Spirit, Lorin Friesen

Divorce, Dallas Willard

Doctrinal guidelines, The Great Controversy

Dooyeweerd’s aspects, Dooyeweerd

   (fifteen aspects, ground motives, intuitive integration, meaning, mysticism, supra-temporal heart)

Dorcas of Joppa, Acts 9

Doubting Thomas, John 20

The Dragon, Revelation

The Eight Woes, Matthew 23

The emergent church and Dallas Willard, Dallas Willard

Emotional 'error', The Great Controversy, The Great Controversy

Empowering mortal bodies, 2 Corinthians 4

The enlightenment, NT Wright

Enoch, Hebrews, Jude

Esau, Hebrews, Hebrews

Ethiopian eunuch, Acts 8

Eucharist and cognition, 1 Corinthians 11

Eucharist versus Fundamentalism, Matthew Kelly

Evil and computer viruses, Internet

Evolution and Orthogonality, The Nature of God

Evolution and the Trinity, The Nature of God

Evolution as a concept of God, Todd Tremlin

Evolution as a theory, Physics

Existence principle, 2 Corinthians 12, 1 Peter

Experimental theology, Robert McCauley

Explicit versus implicit concept of God, Kyle Fedler, Ravi Zacharias, Islam

Explicit versus implicit TMN, NT Wright

Eye makes you stumble..., Dallas Willard

Faith versus works, Matthew Kelly

The Faithful Slave, Matthew 24

False apostles, 2 Corinthians 11

Fasting, Matthew Kelly

Fear of God, Gerald McDermott

Feeding of the five thousand, John 6, Matthew 14

Female thought transformed, 1 Peter

Fence laws, John 5

Fig leaves, Matthew 24

The fig tree, Matthew 21, Matthew 24

The First Trumpet and Romanticism, Revelation Revisited

Flesh versus Spirit, Hans Boersma

Flood of Noah, Lorin Friesen

Following Jesus, Dallas Willard

Following Jesus and transcendence, Anabaptism

Following strange flesh, Jude

Foot-washing, John 13

Forming a mental concept of God, Todd Tremlin, Ravi Zacharias

The Four Horsemen, Revelation, Revelation Revisited

The four living beings and mysticism, Revelation Revisited

Four worlds of Kabbalah, Kabbalah

The Fourth Trumpet and 1960s counterculture, Revelation Revisited

Fractal Plan of Incarnation, John 17

Free will and core mental networks, John Piper

Free will, personal meaning, and evil, James Loder

Fundamentalism, Louis Berkhof

Fundamentalism and alien thought, Carla Rueckert

Fundamentalism and black-and-white thinking, John Piper

Fundamentalism and Contributor thought, Katie Fortune

Fundamentalism and economics, von Mises

Fundamentalism and idolatry, Higher Thought

Fundamentalism and Mercy thought, Katie Fortune

Fundamentalism and morality, John Redekop

Fundamentalism and Perceiver thought, Katie Fortune

Fundamentalism and personal suffering, John Piper

Fundamentalism and pride, NT Wright

Fundamentalism and revealed truth, Higher Thought

Fundamentalism and selfishness, Ayn Rand

Fundamentalism and Swedenborg’s heaven, Emanuel Swedenborg

Fundamentalism and belief in monotheism, Islam

Fundamentalist Baptist Church and technical thought, Technical Thought

Garden of Eden, Eden, Louis Berkhof

Future history, Acts 7

Garden of Gethsemane, Matthew 26

Gene expression and Teacher thought, The Nature of God

Globalization represented by the Transfiguration, Luke 9

God and country, John Redekop

God and country, and 9/11, Evangelicalism

God and science, Physics

God and Teacher thought, Gerald McDermott, John 11

God as a Father, Hebrews 12

God as a servant of identity, Anthony Robbins

God of fortresses, Daniel

God of the gaps, Ravi Zacharias

Godly sorrow, 2 Corinthians 7

The Good Shepherd, John 10

Bill Gothard, Daniel

Government under God, John Redekop

Gray aliens, Alien Plan

The Great Tribulation, Matthew 24, Revelation, 2 Corinthians 1, Matthew 24

Great White Throne, Darrell Johnson, 1 John, Hebrews 12

The Greatest Commandment, Matthew 22

Guardian Angels, Matthew 18

Guarding the Tomb, Matthew 27

Habits versus righteousness, NT Wright, The Great Controversy

Heaven, Eden

Healing the cripple, John 5

Heavenly existence, Josh McDowell, Josh McDowell

Helping God, Martin Buber

Herod, John 3, Matthew 14

Hesychasm, Orthodox Christianity

Holiness, Robert McCauley, Higher thought

Holy City, Revelation, Hebrews 13

Holy Spirit and Cosmic Meaning, Martin Buber

Holy Spirit versus spirit of the world, Biblical Christianity

Holy language, The Great Controversy

Hope, Dallas Willard

The Horsemen and Corporatism, Revelation Revisited

Hosanna in the Highest, Matthew 21

Humility, Gerald McDermott

Hunger for God, Gerald McDermott

Icons, Orthodox Christianity

Imputed righteousness, NT Wright

Incarnation, Hans Boersma

Incarnation and Orthodox Christianity, Orthodox Christianity

Incarnation and Judaism, Louis Berkhof

Incarnation and Kierkegaard, James Loder

Incarnation and science, James Loder, John 18

Incarnation and the Word made flesh, John 1

Infant Baptism, Louis Berkhof

Instructor of 'truth', The Great Controversy

Interpretation of tongues, 1 Corinthians 14

The indirect path of Christianity, Lorin Friesen

Industrial Revolution, Matthew 14, Luke 2

Inhering and math, Hans Boersma

The Internet and morality, Internet, Ravi Zacharias, Luke 8

Islam and blind faith, Ravi Zacharias

Islam and sex, Islam

Israel and successionism, NT Wright, Darrell Johnson

Jacob, Hebrews 11

Jacob's ladder, John 2

Jericho, Hebrews 11

Jesus and Judaism, Kabbalah

Jesus and the Greeks, John 12, Darrell Johnson

Jesus as imaginary friend, Darrell Johnson, John

Jesus as lamb in Revelation, Darrell Johnson, Revelation Revisited

The Jesus movement, Luke 7

The Jesus Prayer, Lorin Friesen

Jewish feasts, Josh McDowell

John the Baptist, John 1, John 1, John 3, birth of

Jesus walks on the water, Matthew 14

John the Baptist and the desert fathers, Matthew 3

Joseph of Arimathea, Matthew 27

Judas and Betrayal, John 13, Matthew 26

Judas Hangs Himself, Matthew 27

Judging, Dallas Willard

Justification, Dallas Willard, Louis Berkhof

Kabbalah and mysticism, Kabbalah

Kierkegaard and Zen, James Loder

The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees, Matthew 16

Legalism versus grace, NT Wright

Living stones, 1 Peter

The Locusts and Postmodernism, Revelation Revisited

The Lord's Prayer, Matthew 6

Love, Dallas Willard, 1 Corinthians 13

Maccabees, Daniel

Manipulating mental networks, John 7

Mantids, Alien Plan

Mariology, Hans Boersma

Mark of the Beast, Revelation, 1 John, John 15

The Marriage Feast, Matthew 22

Marriage supper of the lamb, Revelation, 1 John

Martyrdom and self-denial, Anabaptism

Mary anointing Jesus, John 12, Hebrews 9

Mary Magdalene and Jesus, John 20

The Mass, Matthew Kelly

Means of Grace, Louis Berkhof

Measuring the Temple, Revelation Revisited

Meat offered to idols, 1 Corinthians 8

Mega-church, Matthew 22, Daniel, Luke 8, Luke 8

Melchizedek, Hebrews 7

Mendicant orders, Matthew 10

Mennonite culture, Anabaptism

Mennonite fringe radicals? Anabaptism

Mennonite thought and MMNs, Anabaptism

Mental symmetry and an internal vision of societal perfection, Luke 8

Mercy thought and God, The Nature of God

Methodology, John 9

Milk and meat, 1 Corinthians 3

The Millenium, Revelation, Darrell Johnson, Louis Berkhof, The Great Controversy, The Great Controversy

Millerism, The Great Controversy

Mind over matter, John 16

Miracles, Dallas Willard

The missionary kid, David Pollock

Mohammed, Islam

Money and evil, Ayn Rand

Monotheism and Kabbalah, Kabbalah

Moral cause and effect, Josh McDowell

Moral goodness as the opposite of evil, Kyle Fedler, Dallas Willard

Morality abused by the powerful, Anthony Robbins

Moses and Kabbalah, Kabbalah

Body of Moses, 2 Peter

Development of Moses, Hebrews 11, Hebrews 11

Limitations of Moses, Hebrews 11

Moses and Mental Symmetry, Acts 7

Meta-culture, 1 Peter

Motivational Insights (spiritual gifts), Bill Gothard

The Münster Rebellion, Anabaptism

Musical style, Lorin Friesen

Mystery, The Great Controversy

Mystery finished, The Great Controversy

Mystery versus intuition, Spirit

Mysticism and Adamic curses, Eden

The mystical defining experience, James Loder

Mysticism and morality, Martin Buber

Mysticism and Orthodox Christianity, John

Mysticism and overgeneralization, Justin Barrett, Eden, Martin Buber, Louis Berkhof

Mysticism and personal salvation, John 3

Mysticism and science, Luke 10

Mysticism in the New Testament, John 10, Acts 1

Nathanael and Judaism, John 1

Nazism, Matthew 18, Daniel

New heaven and earth, Revelation, 1 Corinthians 13, 1 Corinthians 15, John 16, Hebrews 12, 2 Peter

Nicodemus, John 3

Noah's Ark, 2 Peter

Nordic aliens, Alien Plan

Numbers and prophecy, The Great Controversy

Oaths, Dallas Willard

Officially sanctioned learning, John 6

Open theism, Dallas Willard, Lorin Friesen

Origen and theology, Revelation Revisited

Original sin, Lorin Friesen, Eden, Eden

Original sin and practical Contributor thought, Ayn Rand

Overgeneralization and Reformed Theology, Louis Berkhof

Pacifism, Gerald McDermott, John Redekop

PaRDeS, Kabbalah

Passover, John 18, Hebrews 11, Josh McDowell

Peace, Dallas Willard

Pentecost, Josh McDowell, Acts 2

Pentecostalism, Spirit

Pentecostalism, gender, and culture, Spirit

Perfectionism, Louis Berkhof

Personal computers represented by the parable of the sower, Luke 8

Personal honesty, 1 John

Personal transformation, Gerald McDermott

Personal transformation and MBTI, Thomas Kuhn

Personal transformation and spiritual disciplines, Dallas Willard

Personal transformation summarized cognitively, Todd Tremlin

Peter and the keys of heaven, Hans Boersma, 1 Peter, Matthew 16

Peter’s Three Denials, John 13, John 18, Matthew 26

Peter is freed by an angel, Acts 12

Peter’s Three Questions, John 21

Peter’s vision of the sheet, Acts 10

Philip and organization, John 14

Philo of Alexandria, Daniel

Philosophy of religion, Ravi Zacharias

Physical body, Dallas Willard

Plan of God, John 16

Platonic forms, Catholic, and catholic, Matthew Kelly

Platonic forms and reality, NT Wright

Pontius Pilate, John 18, Matthew 27

Pornography and the Internet, Internet

Postmodern amorality, Dallas Willard, Luke 6

Pragmatic Christianity, Evangelicalism, Matthew Kelly

Primal beings and Christianity, Acts 11

Primal beings and protein folding, Acts 9

Proclaiming to Spirits, 1 Peter

Propaganda represented by catching fish, Luke 5

Prophecy, 1 Corinthians 14

Protein folding and the Trinity, The Nature of God

The Quakers Luke 2

The Quran and holy books, Islam

Rahab, Hebrews 11

Raising of Lazarus, John 11

Reality as a Simulation, John 16

Rebirth and Einsteinian thinking, James Loder

Red Heifer, Hebrews 9

Reformed predestination, Calvinism, R.C.Sproul

Reformed theology and the three stages of salvation, Calvinism

Reformed thought and Anabaptism, Louis Berkhof, Louis Berkhof

Reformed Theology from a cognitive perspective, Louis Berkhof

Reincarnation, Carla Rueckert

Relationship, Josh McDowell

Religion and MMNs, Robert McCauley

Religious fervor, Gerald McDermott

Religious Infatuation, Darrell Johnson

Regeneration, Mysticism, and Reformed Theology, Louis Berkhof

Renaissance, Matthew 10

Renaissance humanism Luke 1

Reptilians, Alien Plan

Rest of God, Hebrews 4

Resurrection order, 1 Corinthians 15

Revelation of Jesus as God, Darrell Johnson, Corinthians

Righteousness, Dallas Willard, NT Wright, 1 John, John 4, Matthew 6

Righteousness: words versus actions, Biblical Christianity; Paul's reward, Corinthians

Righteousness and God, John

Ritual, Robert McCauley

A roaring lion, 1 Peter

The Rosary, Matthew Kelly

Russian invasion of Ukraine represented by parable of rich fool, Luke 12

Sabbath rest, Eden, John 5

Sarah, Hebrews 11

Saturday sabbath, The Great Controversy

Scholasticism, Matthew 10

Scientific dogmatism and fundamentalism, Thomas Kuhn

Scientific thought and Christianity, Thomas Kuhn, John, Matthew 13, Luke 2

Second Coming (theoretical return of Jesus), Matthew 24, John, 1 John, 1 Thessalonians 4, John Darby, 2 Corinthians 2, Alien Plan, Matthew 24, Revelation Revisited, Daniel, Luke 3

The Second Trumpet and World War I, Revelation Revisited

Secrecy versus a concept of God, Evangelicalism

Sefirot of Kabbalah, Kabbalah

Self-denial, Matthew Kelly, John Redekop, Acts 3

Self-denial and Islam, Islam

The Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5

The seven bowls, Revelation, 1 John, 2 Corinthians 6

Seven life principles, Bill Gothard

Seven mountains of culture, Evangelicalism, Spirit

The Seven Spirits of God, Revelation Revisited

The Seven Trumpets, Revelation Revisited

Seventy Weeks of Daniel, John

Sexual desire, Bill Gothard, Dallas Willard

Sex and patience, Higher thought

Sexuality from a cognitive perspective, Anabaptism

The Shahada, Islam

Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, Matthew 25

Shunning, Anabaptism

Sight to beggar born blind, John 9

Simon the Sorcerer, Acts 8

Sitting in the chair of Moses, Matthew 23

The Small Book, Revelation Revisited

Social interaction, Dallas Willard

Social media and ideology, Luke 10, Luke 12

Sodom & Gomorrah, 2 Peter

Sola Scriptura cognitively contradicts itself, John Piper

The soul, Dallas Willard

Doctrine of Soul Sleep, The Great Controversy

Sovereignty of God, Calvinism, Louis Berkhof, 1 Peter

Sovereignty of God and birth of science, Lorin Friesen

Sovereignty of God and laws of physics, Lorin Friesen

Sovereignty of God, coercion, and conscience, Lorin Friesen

Sovereignty of God and personal testing, Gerald McDermott

Parable of the Sower and the Seed, Matthew 13

Sowing and Reaping sparingly, 2 Corinthians 9

Speaking in tongues, Pentecostalism, Robert McCauley, 1 Corinthians 14, Acts 2

The speed of light, Physics

Spirits and angels, Hans Boersma, 1 Corinthians 15, and demons

Spirit of Truth, John 14

A Spirit passing through Waterless Places, Matthew 12

Spiritual awakening, Pentecostalism

Spiritual disciplines, Dallas Willard

Spiritual economy, Acts 4

Spiritual gifts, Pentecostalism, 1 Corinthians 12

Spiritual technology, John 14, John 16, Hebrews 2, 2 Corinthians 3, 2 Peter, Jude, Revelation Revisited, Daniel

Spiritual technology and government, John, 2 Corinthians 2

Spiritual transformation, Gerald McDermot, Dallas Willard

Spiritual warfare, Lorin Friesen, 2 Corinthians 10

Spontaneous beauty and the kingdom of God, Luke 12

Stoning of Stephen, Acts 7

The Strong Angel, Revelation Revisited

Suffering, Matthew Kelly, Ravi Zacharias, John 18, 1 Peter

Suffering church, 2 Corinthians 9

Sukkot, Josh McDowell

Swearing and Oaths, Hebrews 6, Hebrews 7

Swedenborg, life after death, and mental networks, Emanuel Swedenborg

Swedenborg’s heresies and MMNs, Emanuel Swedenborg

The covid pandemic and fear, Luke 12

The Syrophoenician Woman, Matthew 15

The Tabernacle, Hebrews 9

Parable of the Talents, Matthew 25

Parable of the Tares and the Wheat, Matthew 13

Technical Specialization, Matthew 7

Technology and a concept of God, Martin Buber

Temptations of Jesus, Lorin Friesen, Matthew 4

Temptations of the coming age, Corinthians

Temptation versus Testing, Hebrews 3

Ten Commandments, Hebrews 9

Parable of the Ten Virgins, Matthew 25

A theodicy of existence, Physics

Theology and science, Robert McCauley

Theology and Christianity, NT Wright, NT Wright

Theology and worldview, NT Wright

Theosis, Orthodox Christianity

The Third Trumpet, Communism, and Nazism, Revelation Revisited

Third wave charismatic, Spirit

Thomas, John 14

Thorn in the flesh, 2 Corinthians 12

The Titus' joy, 2 Corinthians 7

Traits of God, Bill Bright

   (faithfulness, holiness, immutability, justice, love, mercy, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, righteousness, sovereignty)

Transcendence of God, Hans Boersma

Transcendence of God and the quiverfull movement, Bill Gothard

Transfiguration, 2 Peter, Matthew 17

Transformation versus evolution, Thomas Kuhn

Transubstantiation, Hans Boersma, John 6

The Trinity, The Nature of God, Alien Plan

The Triumphal Entry, Matthew 21

The two brothers, 2 Corinthians 8

The Two Witnesses, Revelation Revisited

TULIP, Calvinism, Louis Berkhof, R.C. Sproul

The twelve disciples as a cognitive progression, Matthew 10

Universal tolerance, Luke 11

Universal truth and Maxwellian thinking, James Loder

Universal truth versus preaching, Ravi Zacharias

The Unpardonable Sin, Matthew 12

Victorian Era, Daniel

Parable of the Vine, John 15

Parable of the Vineyard, Matthew 21

Parable of the Vineyard Workers, Matthew 20

Virtual Reality, 2 Peter, Jude

The Waldensians, Matthew 10

Walking on Water, John 6

Wedding at Cana, John 2

Westernization and developing countries, Luke 9

Woodrow Wilson’s fourteen points, Luke 4

Wokeism and intersectionality, Luke 11

World War I and the temptations of Jesus, Luke 4

Worms eat Herod, Acts 12

Woman at the well, John 4

Woman caught in adultery, John 8

Women in 1 Corinthians: touching women, status of women, unbelieving spouses, virgin daughters, silent in church

The World, John 17

Worldview, Josh McDowell

World War I, Daniel

Wrath of God, Darrell Johnson

NT Wright’s explicit and implicit theology, NT Wright

The following is a list of more general topics discussed on this website:

Absolute truth and universal truth (a 1997 introduction), Programmer's Guide

Addiction, Neurology

Agency detection device myth, Robert McCauley, Todd Tremlin

Aliens and Teacher thought, Carla Rueckert

Alien thought versus human thought, Biblical Christianity

Amygdala, Neurology

Analogy and normal thought, James Loder

Analogical thinking, Bill Gothard, Physics

Analytic philosophy and abstract technical thought, Dallas Willard

Absolute truth, The Great Controversy

Abstract normal thought, James Loder

Abstract technical thought and normal science, Thomas Kuhn

Abstract thought as the servant of concrete thought, Anthony Robbins

Anti-semitism, Kabbalah

Basal Ganglia, Neurology

Edward Bernays, Wokeism

Birth of science, Kabbalah, John,

Revelation Revisited

Books and abstract technical thought, Robert McCauley

Calculus, Physics

Cognitive Development, Neurology

Cognitive styles and consciousness, Programmer's Guide

Introduction to Contributor thought, Lorin Friesen

Contributor thought and confidence, Anthony Robbins

Contributor thought and gender, Ayn Rand

The Copernican principle, Physics

Critical Race Theory, Wokeism

Cross-cultural versus multicultural, David Pollock

Cult structure, Wokeism

Cultural dislocation, David Pollock

Cultural reentry and Teacher thought, David Pollock

Cultural transformation and MMNs, James Loder

Desire and Free Will, Louis Berkhof

Diagram of mental symmetry, Programmer's Guide

Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex, Neurology

Dual processing theory and a concept of God, Todd Tremlin

Economics and abstract technical thought, von Mises

Economics and core mental networks, von Mises

Einstein and Teacher thought, James Loder

Electric charge and gender, Physics

Electromagnetism, Physics

Embodiment, John

Emotional 'truth', The Great Controversy

Equity versus equality, Wokeism

Evolution and orthogonality of function, The Nature of God

Evolution and protein folding, The Nature of God

Evolution and the three laws of Newton, The Nature of God

Facilitator thought and evolution, Todd Tremlin

Fields, Physics

Frontopolar Cortex, Neurology

Gender theory, Wokeism

Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, Physics

Hippocampus, Neurology

I and Thou, Martin Buber

Ideology, Wokeism

The immersive experience, Martin Buber

Innate fears, Eden

Introduction to Exhorter thought, Lorin Friesen

The Internet and personal transformation, Internet

Introduction to Facilitator thought, Lorin Friesen

Incommensurability, Thomas Kuhn

The indigo child, Carla Rueckert

Inferior Frontal Cortex, von Mises

Intellectual Contributor thought (Ci), Lorin Friesen, Thomas Kuhn

Kepler and heliocentrism, Physics

The Lagrangian, Physics

Marriage compatibilities and conflicts (see p.43-49), Seminar booklet (from 1994)

Marxism, Wokeism

Math and relativity, Physics

Medial Prefrontal Cortex, Neurology

Minimally counterintuitive concept, Justin Barrett, Robert McCauley, Todd Tremlin

Me versus mine, von Mises

Mental networks, Introduction

Mental networks (described in 1997), Programmer's Guide

Mental networks and Members Resources, Norman Fairclough

Mental networks and closure, David Pollock

Mental networks and propaganda, Wokeism

Mental networks, childhood, and culture, David Pollock

Mental networks, violence, and sex, Biblical Christianity

Introduction to Mercy thought, Programmer's Guide

Money, von Mises, von Mises

Multiple personalities, Programmer's Guide

The Multi-verse, Physics

Music, physics, and musical theory, Lorin Friesen

Nazi propaganda, Wokeism

Newton and Teacher thought, Physics

Newton's three laws, Physics

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Neurology

Orbitofrontal Cortex, Neurology

Paradigms and scientific thought, Thomas Kuhn

Paradigms and Teacher thought, Thomas Kuhn

Introduction to Perceiver thought, Programmer's Guide

Perceiver thought and cause-and-effect, Biblical Christianity

Perceiver thought and repetition, Norman Fairclough

Perceiver thought and reasonableness, Todd Tremlin

Personal transformation through suffering or patience, Programmer's Guide

Phenomenology and Husserl, Dallas Willard

Planck's constant, Physics

Platonic Forms, Hans Boersma

Platonic Forms and replaceable parts, Pentecostalism

Postmodern thought, Norman Fairclough

Postmodern science, Norman Fairclough

Practical Contributor thought (Cp), Lorin Friesen,

Practical Contributor thought and identity, Ayn Rand

Practical Contributor thought and morality, Ayn Rand

Practical Contributor thought and optimization, Anthony Robbins

Practical Contributor thought and value, von Mises

Practical Contributor thought models reality, Anthony Robbins

Propaganda, Wokeism

Protein folding, The Nature of God

Queer theory, Wokeism

Revolutionary science and cognitive styles, Thomas Kuhn

Russian invasion of Ukraine, Wokeism

Science and truth, Robert McCauley, Wokeism

Science versus philosophy, Dallas Willard

Self-image, Programmer's Guide, John

Serotonin, Neurology

Social Emotional Learning, Wokeism

Social hierarchy, Wokeism

Socialism and Teacher thought, von Mises

Socialism versus capitalism, von Mises

Soft science versus hard science, Biblical Christianity

Space-time versus time-space, Carla Rueckert

Special relativity, Physics

Striosomes, Neurology

The strong force, Physics

Symmetry breaking, Physics

Introduction to Teacher thought, Programmer's Guide

Teacher emotion, Neurology

Technical thought, Introduction, 2 Peter, Neurology

Thalamus, Neurology

Theory and Ideology, Norman Fairclough

Theory of Mind, Justin Barrett, Todd Tremlin

Third culture kid cognitive development, David Pollock

Threshold of uncertainty, Programmer's Guide

Uncertainty and transformation, Physics

Values and goals, Anthony Robbins, Martin Buber

Ventral Striatum, Neurology

Virtual particles, Physics

Waves, Physics

Wave-function collapse, Physics

Wave-particle duality, Physics, James Loder

The weak force, Physics

Weaknesses of technical thought, Norman Fairclough, Dallas Willard

Wokeism, Wokeism

World War I propaganda, Wokeism

The following theological topics are discussed in Natural Cognitive Theology:

Absolute truth versus universal truth, p.54

Altruism and righteousness, p.220

The angelic realm, p.348

Apocalypse and rebirth, Ch.14

Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, Ch.10

Divine righteousness versus human righteousness, p.222

Evolution and the mind, p.200

Two forms of holiness, p.178

The fruit of the Spirit, p.315

Holy books and textbooks, Ch.5

The Holy Spirit and Platonic forms, Ch.9

The Holy Spirit and personal rebirth, Ch.15

Incarnation and abstract thought, p.278

Incarnation and exemplars, p.246

Incarnation and Platonic forms, p.181

Incarnation and the angelic realm, p.355

Incarnation and the deep structure of science, p.157

Incarnation and the life of Jesus, p.326

The Jesus prayer, p.190

Mysticism, Ch.6

New heavens and earth, p.360

Pentecostalism, p.174

Personal salvation and spiritual gifts, p.333

Peter and the ‘keys of heaven’, p.272

Piaget's stages of development and the sin nature, Ch.3

Praise and worship, p.112

The prayer of salvation, p.150

The religious attitude of self-denial, fervor, and transcendence, p.63

Righteousness, Ch.11

Salvation of angels and aliens, p.362

Divine sovereignty and human free will, Ch.12

Three stages of personal salvation, p.316

The spiritual realm in life after death, p.344

The supernatural, Ch.17

Natural Cognitive Theology also includes a section on each of the following brain regions:

Amygdala, p.406

Anterior cingulate cortex, p.393

Dorsal striatum, p.419

Dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, p.375

Hippocampus, p.409

Inferior frontal cortex, p.398

Insula, p.396

Frontopolar cortex, p.379

Limbic system, p.402

Medial frontal cortex, p.388

Orbitofrontal cortex, p.382

Parietal lobes, p.373

Subthalamus, p.428

Temporal lobes, p.403

Thalamus, p.429

The following topics are discussed in God, Theology & Cognitive Modules:

Aliens, p.363

Childish identity, Ch.4

Christian prayer of salvation, p.310

Conscience, p.139

Concrete thought, p.128

Practical (Cp) and intellectual (Ci) Contributor thought, p.386

Economics, p.133

Education, Ch.8

Theory of evolution, p.327

Michel Foucault’s epistemes, p.405

Martin Heidegger, p.343

Judaism, p.353

Kohlberg’s stages of conscience, p.398

Thomas Kuhn and paradigms, p.81

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, p.395

The cognition of mathematics and logic, p.416

Math versus science, Ch.9

Mental networks, Ch.2

The cognition of music, p.432

Personal rebirth, Ch.12

Piaget’s stages of development, p.393

Platonic forms, p.238

Willard Quine’s Web of Belief, p.461

Rebirth as a paradigm, p.321

Rebirth of a concept of God, Ch.6

Substitutionary punishment, p.317

Technical thought, Ch.11

Three stages of learning, p.277

Translation versus paradigm shift, p.92

Truth and emotions, p.51

Unsolved problems of philosophy, p.448


When I began extending the theory of mental symmetry in 2010, I deliberately avoided quoting from the Bible, because I wanted to go beyond the attitude of fundamentalism by building upon a general theory rather than upon quotes from a holy book. However, even though I am not building upon the Bible, the theory of mental symmetry still leads to results that are consistent with Christian doctrine.

I have recently found that it is possible to use mental symmetry to analyze entire books of the New Testament, doing a verse by verse sequential analysis of the original Greek text, and I have now analyzed over half of the New Testament as well as numerous chapters in the Pentateuch. Saying this more clearly, one can use a cognitive model that is consistent in detail with the latest neurological findings to analyze religious writings penned two millennia ago. This provides strong evidence that the Bible ultimately has a supernatural author, because it is impossible that such clever thinking could have originated within the minds of any religious or secular experts from that age.

The following is a list of biblical passages discussed on this website, the name of the essay in which the passage is quoted and a link to the appropriate section in that essay.

Genesis 1; Six days of creation, Eden

Genesis 2:1-3; Sabbath rest, Eden

Genesis 2:4-14; Original conditions, Eden

Genesis 2:15-25; Garden of Eden, Eden

Genesis 3; Temptation and fall of Adam and Eve, Eden

Numbers 21:4-9; Fiery serpent, Eden

Jeremiah 31:31-33; New Covenant, NT Wright

Daniel 11-12; Prophecy of Daniel, Daniel

Matthew; A cognitive, historical, and prophetic analysis of Matthew

    (chapter 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28.)

Matthew 4; Three temptations of Jesus, Pentecostalism

Matthew 5:3-12; Beatitudes, Dallas Willard

Matthew 5:21-26; Anger, contempt, and condemnation, Dallas Willard

Matthew 5:29-30; If right eye causes you to stumble, Dallas Willard

Matthew 5:31-32; Divorce, Dallas Willard

Matthew 5:33-37; Avoid oaths, Dallas Willard

Matthew 5:43-45; Divine justice, Revelation

Matthew 6:1-6; Righteousness and approval, Dallas Willard

Matthew 6:9-15; Lord’s Prayer, Dallas Willard

Matthew 6:25-32; Don’t worry, Dallas Willard

Matthew 7:6; Pearls before swine, Dallas Willard, Revelation

Matthew 7:9-10; Ask for fish and bread, Dallas Willard

Matthew 7:15-23; False prophet, fundamentalist and scientist, Dallas Willard

Matthew 13:24-30; Wheat and the Tares, The Great Controversy

Matthew 24; Dismantling of Temple Stones, Matthew 24

Matthew 25:1-13; The Ten Virgins, The Great Controversy

Matthew 25:14-30, The Talents, 2 Corinthians 9

Luke; A cognitive, historical, and prophetic analysis of Luke

    (chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.)

Luke 7:7-9; Faith of the centurion, Thomas Kuhn

Luke 17:1-4; Millstone around neck, Revelation

Luke 21; Dismantling of temple stones, Matthew 24

Luke 22; Crucifixion compared to Matthew, Matthew

John; A cognitive analysis of John

    (chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.)

John 3:1-16; Nicodemus, Eden

John 6; Transubstantiation, Boersma

John 12:20-28; Expanding the domain of Jesus, Darrell Johnson

John 14:1-10; Many dwelling places, James Loder, Eden

John 15:26; 16:12-15; Holy Spirit, Pentecostalism

Acts; A cognitive analysis of Acts 1-12

    (chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.)

Acts 18; Paul and Apollos in Corinth, 2 Corinthians

Romans 1-6; Overview of Romans, NT Wright

Romans 7-8; Overview of Romans, NT Wright

Romans 9; Predestination, Louis Berkhof, R.C. Sproul

Romans 11; Temporary hardening of Israel, NT Wright

Romans 12:2-5; Cognitive modules and mental wholeness, Dallas Willard

Romans 12:1-15; Mental symmetry started with spiritual gifts, See pages 53-54

Romans 13:1-4; Submission to government, Anabaptism, 1 Peter

1 Corinthians; A cognitive analysis of 1 Corinthians

   (chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.)

1 Corinthians 10:6-13; Learning from examples, Eden

1 Corinthians 13:1-8; Love, Gerald McDermott

2 Corinthians; A cognitive analysis of 2 Corinthians

   (chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.)

2 Corinthians 5:14-19; Universal abstract view of incarnation, Dallas Willard

Philippians 2:3-11; Jesus and self-denial, John Redekop

Philippians 4:6-7; Be anxious for nothing, Dallas Willard

Colossians 1:9-13; Forgiveness and transferring domain, Dallas Willard

Colossians 1:24-29; Extending incarnation, Corinthians

1 Thessalonians; A brief analysis of 1 Thessalonians (chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.)

2 Thessalonians; An analysis of 2 Thessalonians (chapter 1, 2, 3.)

1 Timothy 6:10; Love of money is a root of evil, Revelation

Hebrews; A cognitive analysis of Hebrews

   (chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.)

Hebrews 4:1-12; Entering God’s rest, Gerald McDermott

Hebrews 12:7; Personal discipline from God, Dallas Willard

1 Peter; A cognitive analysis of 1 Peter (chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.)

2 Peter; A cognitive analysis of 2 Peter (chapter 1, 2, 3.)

1 John; A cognitive analysis of 1 John (chapter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.)

Jude; A cognitive analysis of Jude

Revelation 4-22; A cognitive analysis of the book of Revelation, Revelation, two sequences

   (chapter 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22.)

Revelation; Another look, Darrell Johnson (chapter 10, 11, 13, 14a, 14b, 17, 19, 20a, 20b, 21.)

Revelation 4-11; A detailed historical and cognitive revisit of Revelation,

    (chapter 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.)

The following biblical references are in the book Natural Cognitive Theology.

Genesis 6:1-7; Nephilim, p. 358

Genesis 11:1; Tower of Babel, p.122

Psalm 139:1-13; Where can I go to flee God?, p.299

Malachi 1:10-11; God’s name great among nations, p.286

Matthew 3:13-17; Baptism of Jesus, p.327

Matthew 4:3-10; Temptations of Jesus, p.328-9

Matthew 6:1-7; Practice righteousness before men, p.321

Matthew 16:13-26; Peter and keys of heaven, p.273

Matthew 16:16-7:2; Transformation through rebirth, p.330

Matthew 22:35-40; Golden rule, p.338

Matthew 26:38-45; Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane, p.275

Mark 3:21-30; Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, p.188

Mark 3:20-22,31-35; Behold my mother and brothers, p.323

Mark 7:22-25; “Did we not prophesy in your name”, p.268

Luke 2:10-14; Angels at Jesus’ birth, p.326

Luke 2:46-49; Jesus in the temple, p.327

Luke 9:28-35; Transfiguration of Jesus, p.284

Luke 11:27-28; Blessed is womb that bore you, p.323

Luke 23, John 19; Seven last words of Jesus, p.332

John 5:19; Jesus does what God does, p.326

John 6:26-69; Transubstantiation, p.281-4

John 20:9-13, 17-24; Triumphal entry of Jesus, p.331

Acts 8:26-31, 39-40; Angels and teleporting, p.350

Acts 23:8-9; Angels and spirits, p.352

Romans 8:28-37; All things work together for good, p.162

Romans 12:1-8; Spiritual Gifts, p.338

Phil. 2:5-11; Jesus given name above all names, p.276

Colossians 1:13-27; Jesus is image of invisible God, p.288, 363

1 Corinth. 15:35-37, 42-44; Personal resurrection, p.360

2 Corinth. 5:16-20; New creation in Christ, p.280

1 John 2:28-3:3; Be like God at his appearing, p.303

Revel. 4:8-10; Worship in heaven, p.285

Revel. 6:12-17; Flee the wrath of the lamb, p.304

Revel. 14:1-5; A new song, p.285

Revel. 20:10; New Jerusalem, 22-23, p.286

Revel. 21:1-4,22-27; New Jerusalem, p.293

Revel. 20:11-21:2; New heaven and earth, p.361