Re: Giving too much credit to the devil

Peter Novak (
Sun, 14 Jun 1998 13:17:50 -0700

Paul wrote:
> By relegating science and culture to the realm of the
> unChristian, you have given the devil more than his due. Why
> can't cultural things, including science and its data, be gifts
> of God?

> John wrote:
> I see no evidence, scriptural or otherwise, that science and
> culture are not just human inventions. ...I do not see the stamp
> of God through Christ redeeming human culture or knowledge of the
> physical universe. ...we are sent to...provide for the weak and
> poor.
> I doubt very much that God wants to encourage us in our grasping for
> knowledge, wasn't that what the first sin and Babel were all about. God may
> use us and our things to accomplish what he wants done, but we sure do it
> reluctantly.

In the beginning God gave us all a mission:

God blessed them and said to them,
"Be fruitful and multiply in number;
fill the earth and subdue it.
Rule over the fish of the sea and
the birds of the air and over
every living creature that moves on the ground."
- Genesis 1:28

After all the time that has passed since then, we
still have not yet entirely completed this task,
but science HAS let us get alot closer in the
last few centuries than we ever were before.

We are SUPPOSED to do this - it is the first
commandment in all the Bible that we do this.
HOW are we to accomplish this task? By acquiring
power over the world around us. And what is power?
Wisdom, learning, and knowledge is power.

Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice? who are foolish, gain understanding..
...choose knowledge rather than gold....
- Psalms 8:1-10

May the Lord give you wisdom and understanding....
- I Chronicles 3:12

Let the wise add to their learning.
- Proverbs 1:5

God, it seems, would have us seek wisdom, understanding,
AND KNOWLEDGE above all else:

Solomon [said], "Give me wisdom and knowledge...."
God said to Solomon, "Since this is your heart's
desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches,
or honor, not for the death of your enemies, and
since you have not asked for a long life but for
wisdom and knowledge...., therefore wisdom and
knowledge will be given you. And I will also give
you wealth, riches, and honor, such as no king who
was before you ever had and none after you will have."
- 2 Chronicles 1:8-12

Do you imagine it just coincidence then that
the greatest accomplishments & advancements in
science over the last 2000 years have occurred
in those countries with the strongest Judeo-
Christian heritages and cultures? Remember that
Jesus promised that those who followed Him would
achieve great things:

I tell you the truth,
anyone who has faith in me
will do what I have been doing.
He will do even greater things than these.
- John 14:12

And now we, the Christian nations of the earth,
ARE accomplishing the very things He did.

Jesus clearly and specifically identified, in Luke 7:22,
the signs of the presence and working of the Lord:
the blind would see, the deaf would hear, the dead
would be brought back, and the Gospel would be spread.
And this is precisely what we see ocurring today
AS IT NEVER HAS BEFORE. And it all originates in
those countries with the strongest Christian populations.

God's promises are not empty.

Science is the devil's work? Absurd! To believe this,
one would have to maintain that the devil chooses
to glorify the Lord by fulfilling His promises FOR Him!

The Old Testament reiterated again and again the
value and importance of wisdom, learning, and
understanding. The Jewish race, who have only
the Old Testament to reply on, have understood
at least this message clearly, and are now
famous around the world for emphasizing the
value of learning and education within their
homes and families.

"Salvation is of the Jews."
- John 4:22

Just as the Jewish race gave us Jesus, so too they
show us the value of learning and knowledge. Let us not
turn away from the gifts God gives to humanity through
this unique people.

- Peter Novak, author of
The Division of Consciousness:
The Secret Afterlife of the Human Psyche


Life After Death and the Binary Soul Doctrine:
Can Science Reconcile
The "Reincarnation" and "Heaven/Hell" Hypotheses?

After my wife's suicide in 1985, I spent 10 years exploring the
world's thoughts on the afterlife, and then wrote a book on life
after death that academics both in America and overseas are now
calling "ingenious", "revolutionary", and "the most important
book in its field".

My thesis argues that (A) the "reincarnation" and "heaven/hell"
hypotheses can be reconciled by factoring the dissimilar
qualities and functions of the conscious and unconscious minds
into the equation, and that (B) the Nag Hammadi scriptures (along
with many other scriptural traditions) reflect just such a
divided, "binary-soul" vision of the afterlife.

I'm seeking academics, especially specialists in theology,
psychology, and comparative religions, who might be interested in
reviewing this work.


Is There a Scientific Basis to Humanity's Afterlife Beliefs?

AN INTRIGUING NEW BOOK suggests that such a basis does exist.
_The Division of Consciousness_ [Hampton Roads Publishing, 1997]
introduces a scientifically grounded hypothesis which appears to
account for a great number of the afterlife phenomena found in
humanity's cultural traditions:

"Novak's answers comprise a whole new theory of the human
soul and its journey through the afterlife. [This book]
contains much food for thought, and succeeds in providing at
least the suggestion of an answer to a surprisingly large
number of questions."
- "Gnosis: A Journal of the Western Inner Traditions"

"Fascinating. DivisionTheory would explain a great deal.
The whole theory is quite an ingenious development of Jung &
others in the direction of 'explaining' the afterlife
beliefs of so many peoples."
- Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D.
Professor of Religious Studies
UC at Riverside

"Novak's conceptual resolution of apparently differing views
of the afterlife ... gives Christian theologians a new and
powerful insight into both the mystery of death and what
"resurrection" might in fact be."
- "Dialogos: An Interactive Journal of the
Sciences, Philosophy, and Theology"

"I think it deserves attention that this 'Division Theory'
is able to pull different concepts into a unity. What I
found interesting was the consistency the theory developed
with regard to traditional Christian theological concepts...
[This] new concept of the double soul ... helps to explain,
and in some cases even simplifies, traditional Christian
theological tenets."
- Bill Lanning, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy and Religion,
Butler College, Andover, Kansas

THIS IS THE FIRST WORK to present a scientifically grounded
hypothesis that anticipates the traditional afterlife
descriptions of both East and West, while also speaking to the
ancient beliefs of a great many other cultures, and even
addressing such topical phenomena as Past-Life Memories, Near-
Death Experiences, ghosts, possession, and more:

"This interpretation of the afterlife is pregnant with
meaning. The traditions of the underworld, heaven, hell and
reincarnation all come alive and mean so much more.
Swedenborg's descriptions of heaven and hell become
surprising poignant, as does the gloomy afterlife of the
Sumerians and Israelites ... [and t]he Egyptian initiatory
system ... takes on a new relevance."
- "New Dawn" Magazine

"You realize that the secret of the afterlife is staring us
right in the face and we don't realize it - that the
supposed conflict between reincarnation and "heaven and
hell" can be resolved.... If we apply this divided [human]
consciousness to the afterlife [equation], a truly momentous
understanding results - reincarnation and the heaven/hell
model are both true. This division of the afterlife [also]
explains many of the descriptions that arise of wandering
ghosts, spirits, and the like."
- "Independent Review" Magazine

TEN YEARS OF INDEPENDENT RESEARCH uncovered extensive data from
both scientific and scriptural sources pointing to the same
promising yet highly disturbing conclusion - that the human
psyche does survive physical death, but often divides entirely
apart in the process into separate conscious and unconscious
components. Not only do elements of both classic psychology and
modern sociological research lend support to such a hypothesis,
but eerily similar concepts appearing in Biblical, Persian,
Egyptian, Gnostic, Greek, Hindu, Hawaiian, Chinese, Native
American, Swedenborgian, and many other traditions raise the
intriguing possibility that this peculiar and unfamiliar
"Division Theory" may actually be a millennia-old case of deja-

"...For ten years Novak studied the world's literature on
death. Unwilling, and perhaps unable, to accept reassuring
answers, he asked the Great Questions all over again: Why is
God seemingly absent from His pain-wracked creation? Why are
the two great families of religion seemingly at loggerheads
over the question of life after death, the East believing in
reincarnation and the West in eternal salvation or
damnation? Why is there death at all, and what is the nature
of death's realm?
- "Gnosis: A Journal of the Western Inner Traditions"

"Peter Novak began a serious search into the sacred
writings of various world religions (past and present),
Freudian and Jungian psychology, Swedenborgianism, near
death experiences, past-life regressions, contemporary
science, and the recent discoveries at Nag Hammadi and an
increased understanding of Christian Gnosticism. After he
collected and sifted extensive data from these studies, his
theory of the division of consciousness emerged ... taking
additional cues from the Native American ni and nagi, the
Egyptian Ba and Ka, and the ancient Chinese hun and p'o
concepts, [and] what he believes to be a 'division'
understanding in ancient Zoroastrianism, classical Greek,
Swedenborg's visions, [and] various philosophers and
psychologists.... Novak not only writes from the heart but
also from extensive research into areas not normally
conquered by lay people or a non-academician student of
religion. Though his research emerged as a result of
personal experiences, his scholarship is evident as he
interprets data from an eclectic, widely varied wealth of
information. His book is an exhaustive compilation of the
thoughts of many upon the timeless questions of life and
- Bill Lanning, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy and Religion,
Butler College, Andover, Kansas

"Novak's collection of anthropological data of similar
beliefs is impressive, and his psychological insights are
exhilarating.... [His] interpretations of "The Gospel of
Thomas" and the other Nag Hammadi manuscripts seem to make
considerable sense."
- "Dialogos: An Interactive Journal of the
Sciences, Philosophy, and Theology"

revolutionize the entire field of religion. A number of respected
academics, theologians, and philosophers already seem convinced
that this book, _The Division of Consciousness_, may do just

"Thrilling - original and insightful.
This is a work of great significance."
- New Dawn

"This is too important of a work to be dismissed. It
will definitely be looked back upon as a turning point in
the scholar's collection of ideas, as one of those hinges
that opens the field of vision to possibilities of
thoughts that were not possible before this point."
- Thomas Ragland, Ph.D.
Nag Hammadi Scholar,
Nashville, Tennessee

"Some of the conclusions drawn may make casual Christians
uncomfortable, but serious Christian scholars will either
feel vindicated, be intrigued, or both. It is, quite
frankly, the most important book in its field since Elaine
Pagel's _The Gnostic Gospels_ in 1978, and takes Pagel's
conclusions light years further. Division Theory is such an
ingenious concept I'm amazed nobody had been able to think
of it in this way before."
- Christopher Coolidge, Ph.D.
Burlington, Vermont

"It gives a breath of fresh air to theology and yet remains
within the broad scope of Christian theology. Any seeker of
truth should read Novak."
- Bill Lanning, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy and Religion,
Butler College, Andover, Kansas

"If this book becomes ignored we will be the poorer for it.
Novak may have given Christian theologians a new and
powerful insight into both the mystery of death and what
'resurrection' might in fact be. And for this Novak deserves
our thanks."
- "Dialogos: An Interactive Journal of the
Sciences, Philosophy, and Theology"

"Provocative and unsettling. This investigation of the
binary-soul doctrine is worthy of serious consideration by
anyone interested in New Age spirituality, and encourages
all of us to reflect further on the meaning of life and
- Michael York, Ph.D.
Professor of Religious Studies,
Bath Spa University College, UK

"This is a strange, disturbing, and brilliant book."
- "Gnosis: A Journal of the Western Inner Traditions"


Look for reviews of _The Division of Consciousness_ to appear in
upcoming issues of popular magazines and academic journals,

* "The Journal of Contemporary Religion"
* "Religious Studies Review"
* "Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and
Emergent Religions"
* "Reincarnation International Magazine"


Please take a few moments to look through the material at the
DivisionTheory website -

wherein you will find a more extensive presentation of Division
Theory, the full texts of the reviews quoted above, and numerous
supplementary articles that outline some of the scientific,
historical, and theological relevancies of this extraordinary


To obtain a review copy of
The Division of Consciousness,

please contact:

Peter Novak phone 219-325-0862
1428 Illinois Ave.
LaPorte IN 46350 email


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