Jesus Walking on Ice Theory Draws Hate Mail

By: Leonard Horton
By: Leonard Horton

"You should burn in Hell where you belong," reads FSU Professor of Oceanography Doron Nof from an e-mail he recently received.

It's one of the hundreds of hate mails he's received in response to a scientific theory that Jesus may have walked on a patch of ice, rather than water.

In another e-mail, one person writes, "Who do you think you are to deny an entire faith to a people?"

Another person writes, "You are ignorant, and not a real scientist."

"It's not for or against religion. This is just what we can contribute to humanity, we as natural scientists. It's just a description of what the natural processes in that lake could be, says Nof.

One e-mail in favor of the research reads, "I applaud your interesting theory. You present a fresh and possible alternative."

James Hayes and Scott Cason, both professors of religion at FSU, have brought up the theory in class.

"One student raised her hand and said if Jesus can turn water into wine, then he certainly can turn water into ice. It's still a miracle," says Hayes.

"An article like this comes out and it sort of questions a tenant of Christianity," feels Cason.

Before jumping to conclusions, Nof says critics should read the full research article for themselves.

"I was actually, for sometime now, thinking about the great flood, but there is an explanation for the flood that came out a few years ago," adds Nof, a self proclaimed atheist, who says his beliefs play no factor into his scientific research.

Nof also received a lot of attention back in 1992 when he gave a scientific explanation of the parting of the Red Sea.


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