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The Supernatural Pitch

Pitch Type:  Religious 

The Supernatural Pitch claims an aspect of the world is explained by a supernatural entity that is unobservable or unexplainable with the scientific method.

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Instances

Dayne Rudhyar    Pioneer in Modern Astrology
Astrology has always been, basically, a religion founded upon the daily, monthly, and yearly ritual performed by stars, Moon, and Sun. ... Astrology, when used at the level of the individual person, is actually a particular application of the Mystery concept. We should never forget that modern science, with all its sophisticated instruments, gives us only the image of the universe our modern consciousness is able to picture.

Liz Greene    Pioneer in Modern Astrology
If [...] you approach reality as being the [subtle] connections, links, resonances, or correspondences between things, then, yes, these patterns are real. But there is no way that they can be measured in a quantifiable sense, according to instruments of so-called reality. When you ask me that, the whole problem is that I don’t know what you mean by real. Or, rather, I do know what you mean, but if Richard Dawkins asked, "Is it real?" he would mean something quite different by "real" than I do.

John Clayton    Christian Teacher
In Genesis, you are reading a description analogous to Flatland. The concept is that, a God, who is in a higher dimension than are we, a God who has the same kind of relationship to us which the sphere had to Flatland, that, this kind of being touched our little "Flatland" so to speak, and in violation of all of our laws of science created matter out of nothing. God is so superior to us, he exists in such a higher dimension than do we that what is natural and ordinary to him is miraculous to us.
Context: Does God exist?

The Catholic Church    Largest Christian Church
Scientific proofs [...] are valid only for things perceptible to the senses, since it is only on such things that scientific instruments of investigation can be used. To desire a scientific proof of God would be equivalent to lowering God to the level of the beings of our world, and we would therefore be mistaken methodologically in regard to what God is. Science must recognize its limits and its inability to reach the existence of God. It can neither affirm nor deny his existence.

Kenneth Miller    Biology Professor, Christian
No, it can’t. The existence of a supreme being simply is not a scientific question. A supreme being stands outside of nature. Science is a naturalistic process and can only answer questions about what is inside nature. Beyond that it’s a matter of personal belief.

The Catholic Church    Largest Christian Church
In the Catholic perspective, neo-Darwinians who adduce random genetic variation and natural selection as evidence that the process of evolution is absolutely unguided are straying beyond what can be demonstrated by science. Divine causality can be active in a process that is both contingent and guided. Any evolutionary mechanism that is contingent can only be contingent because God made it so.

L. Ron Hubbard    Founder of Scientology
In Scientology it has been discovered that mental energy is simply a finer, higher level of physical energy. The test of this is conclusive in that a thetan "mocking up" (creating) mental image pictures and thrusting them into the body can increase the body mass and by casting them away again can decrease the body mass. This test has actually been made and an increase of as much as 30 pounds, actually measured on scales, has been added to, and subtracted from, a body by creating "mental energy"

The Catholic Church    Largest Christian Church
The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God - it is not "produced" by the parents - and also that it is immortal: it does not perish when it separates from the body at death, and it will be reunited with the body at the final Resurrection.

The Catholic Church    Largest Christian Church
Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven-through a purification or immediately, or immediate and everlasting damnation.

Andrew Stark    Politics Professor
But how desirable would cryonics or immortality in tiny steps be, even if they were possible? ... A human being of our vintage who finds himself digitized might no longer experience migraines or back pain, but he would encounter the kind of ache that comes from longing unfulfilled. This is quite a different scenario from religious resurrection, which promises a freedom from desire -- one of the essential components, sources say, of eternal bliss.

The Catholic Church    Largest Christian Church
We reject forcefully and with absolute conviction any type of euthanasia, understood as a recourse to actions or omissions with which one intends to procure the death of a person for the purpose of sparing him suffering and pain. ... Those who believe in God and in eternal life well know that death, the consequence of the sin of man, despite its human drama, must also be the door to their definitive and eternal union with God, Creator and Father.

Phillip Johnson    Law Professor
Although I insist that God has always had the power to intervene directly in nature to create new forms, I am willing to be persuaded that He chose not to do so and instead employed secondary natural causes like random mutation and natural selection.

Jessica Alba    Actress, Celebrity, Beauty Icon
[When I was 17] I felt this pressure and I couldn't get up, I couldn't scream, I couldn't talk, I couldn't do anything. Something definitely took the covers off me and I definitely couldn't get off the bed, and then, once I did, I screamed, ran to my parents' room and I don't think I spent many nights in that house ever again! There was definitely something in my parents' old house - I don't know what. I can't really explain it. But they got it blessed and they burned sage and stuff since then.
Context: Do ghosts exist?

William Dembski    Intelligent Design Theorist
For me the chief difficulty with semi-materialism is that from God's perspective it trivializes man. Because of its supervenient anthropology, semi-materialism gives us a man whose soul and spirit are not only inseparable from the body, but actually derived from the body.

René Descartes    Father of Western Philosophy
These men will be composed, as we are, of a soul and a body. First I must describe the body on its own; then the soul, again on its own; and finally I must show how these two natures would have to be joined and united in order to constitute men who resemble us.

Barack Obama    United States President
Kneeling beneath that cross on the South Side of Chicago, I felt God's spirit beckoning me. I submitted myself to His will, and dedicated myself to discovering His truth.

Andrew Sullivan    Journalist, Author
[My experience] represented for me a revelation of God's love and forgiveness, the improbable notion that the force behind all of this actually loved us, and even loved me. The calm I felt then; and the voice with no words I heard: this was truer than any proof I have ever conceded, any substance I have ever felt with my hands, any object I have seen with my eyes.