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The Book

It is a common belief that personal communion from the Holy Spirit to mankind ceased at the closure of the canon of scripture. The information presented in this book shows that interaction between the Holy Spirit and the mind of man enabled by the human spirit is bidirectional and continues in our time. Evidence presented from theological and scientific resources confirms the duality of the immaterial mind and the physical brain of man and substantiates the personal interaction between the Holy Spirit and the mind of human beings. The model for study is the neural synaptic network, incorporating the microsite hypothesis of Sir John C. Eccles. Dualist interaction has been substantiated by contemporary theologians and investigators in the neurosciences and information theory, building on advances in quantum wave theory.

A hypothesis is offered by this author for a mechanism for dualist interaction involving probabilistic quantum tunneling across synaptic clefts. Transmission of specified information with meaning and purpose occurs within neural codes in spike trains of action potentials in synaptic networks. Through a lifetime of learning archived in memory, the mind of humans interprets neural codes enabled by the unique capacity for language. Communication from the Holy Spirit, as sender, to human minds, as recipients, draws upon current understandings of information and communication theory. The trigger for initiating spike trains as codes is postulated as an immaterial energy source by which the Holy Spirit communicates with the mind of man.

Evidence presented in this book provides a compelling rationale for the reality of bidirectional communication with the living, personal Holy Spirit in our time. That Jesus Christ indwells those who accept his truth as a personal, living spirit is confirmation of the promise in John 14:15–21. Interaction with God by his atoning grace through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit gives receptive mankind comfort and counsel today to his glory.

 

Book Reviews

A sophisticated and inspiring book for recognizing how God speaks via pathways found within the brain.
Robert Stuart, Jan. 29, 2018

“Dr. Stan Lennard has really put forth in this book a question and subsequently built a case for how does the Holy Spirit communicate with humanity. He begins by affirming that God is in fact very involved in communicating with us. He points out that throughout the history of mankind people have sensed God’s “visions, dreams, enabling of discernment and knowledge, conviction and intuition, as well as, by verbal means, audible or not” to quote him. Many have noted Muslim conversions to Christianity through visions and dreams in countries that are very closed to the Gospel. However, each of us can usually point to experiences in our lives where we knew God was communicating with us.

Stan makes it clear that this process is still present in our day. He provides a few personal encounters with the Holy Spirit along with other examples and provides an abundance of scriptures to validate your points in what seems quite appropriate.

The especially intriguing part of this book is the proposal that God may achieve these connections via neural synaptic networks that he lists in his book. As one thinks of how the Mind of God somehow connects with the mind of an individual human, which in turn is recognized by our brain and results in volitional reactions on our part. It is a marvel to contemplate. And of the course the reverse process happens when an individual’s brain engages in prayer; our minds become engaged; and we sense a connection with the Mind of God.

Dr. Lennard brings in years of reading and research to theorize how God, who is spiritual, can communicate with our souls and then our physical brains. Though this process is usually relegated to the realm of mystery, he proposes a pathway that enlists the uncertainty principle found in quantum tunneling.
Humans unique ability to use and understand language is highlighted and the application of how this relates to the divine Logos of God makes for some powerful conclusions.

He addresses the NDE (Near Death Experience) phenomenon and how it substantiates his proposal.

There is a very helpful section in the book regarding the realm of Information Theory. He uses Gitt’s five levels of information to elaborate further on the implications he expounds upon in his book.

There are those chapters in the book that will prove very technical for many. One can either skip them as he suggests or see how they help buttress his contentions, especially for those who are familiar with the neural synaptic processes of the brain.

Ultimately, Dr. Lennard is able to help the lay reader understand bottom-line principles so that readers can come to their own conclusions.

The book is very well-referenced with an extensive bibliography for those who want to further explore the claims being made. This book should have broad appeal since secularists, theists, Calvinists, evangelicals, and others can glean from it.

This is a very thought-provoking book that is unique in its way of presenting the physiology of how God communicates with us. Though sophisticated in its content, it is practical and inspiring for recognizing how God may be using the pathways found within our brains. I can definitely commend this book to you.”

Kirkus Review

Combining neuroscience and Christian apology, a debut work hypothesizes scientific proof for the Holy Spirit’s interaction with the human mind.

Many believe that God exists and that he communicates with humanity, though most people are willing to concede that this phenomenon is impossible to verify with science. It is, like other aspects of religion, a matter of faith. But Lennard argues that science is capable of proving not only that such messages occur, but also that this evidence justifies the existence of the Holy Spirit and, by extension, God himself: “I will endeavor to give justification for the hypothesis that
the Holy Spirit through the human spirit interacts in the transmission of specified information to the human mind through synaptic transmission in neural networks, a stochastic process.” In layperson’s terms, the Holy Spirit communicates with the human spirit (the intangible essence of a person, i.e. the soul) by manipulating the physical brain. Lennard seeks to demonstrate this using the contemporary understanding of quantum mechanics and synaptic transmission. Just as a radio receives radio waves and translates them into sound waves that audiences can hear, humans’ brains receive messages from the Holy Spirit and convert them into a language that they can understand. The reverse process (prayer) is also possible. Ambitiously mixing personal experience, research, and the work of previous thinkers (particularly the neurophysiologist, philosopher, and Nobel laureate John Carew Eccles), Lennard discusses this process and how it relates to Scripture, near-death experiences, and information theory. The author’s prose is highly specialized and will be mostly inaccessible for readers with no knowledge of neurophysiology: “Interaction between mental events and quantum probability amplitudes for exocytosis couples in coherent fashion a large number of individual amplitudes of hundreds of thousands of boutons.” The opacity of such an argument makes it difficult to evaluate. Lennard begins with the presumption that the Christian God exists and speaks to humans, and it is likely that those who share that belief will be the most persuaded by his findings. For readers who like a lot of science with their apology, the author displays a great deal of ingenuity in his thinking and offers an extensive and useful bibliography.

An inventive neurological argument for the existence of God.


“While searching for a challenging book to expand my Christian endeavors, I ran onto this interesting title and took a chance.  This book is brilliantly written and I will be forever grateful to Dr. Lennard for his excellent enlightenment on the Holy Spirit, a subject that is complex to laymen like me.  I highly recommend this book to anyone with an open mind who wants to better understand the tripartite relationship between body, soul and spirit.  The results of reading this thesis makes me hope that Dr. Lennard can produce a second book to help expand my understanding of this complex subject.”

—Raleigh Terrell Reagan