GCRR Press: Physics and the Resurrection (Call for Submissions)

deadline for submissions: 
July 1, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Global Center for Religious Research
contact email: 

GCRR’s peer-reviewed academic journal, Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry (SHERM), has just published a physics article by Robert Greg Cavin and Carlos Colombetti entitled, "The Implausibility and Low Explanatory Power of the Resurrection Hypothesis." In the article, Cavin and Colombetti employ the Standard Model (SM) of particle physics to argue that the resurrection hypothesis surrounding Jesus of Nazareth not only has low explanatory power, but it actually conflicts with SM so much that a miraculous resurrection would have been completely impossible, even if a deity is known to exist.

Their argument has just been released online in the Spring issue of SHERM; and it's already made a huge impact on Christian apologists, philosophers of religion, and other physicists. In fact, its argumentation is so compelling that GCRR has already received messages from several authors requesting a chance to interact with Cavin and Colombetti's article in the upcoming Fall issue of SHERM.

With that said, GCRR Press is planning to release a full-length book devoted entirely to the study of physics and its implications for the hypothesis that Jesus of Nazareth rose bodily from the dead. We are hoping to have professional physicists consider contributing a book chapter to this project, utilizing their area of expertise to interact with, supplement, correct, or expand upon Cavin and Colombetti's particle physics article.


We also respectfully ask that anyone reading this Call for Submissions would forward the announcement to their friends and colleagues who might also be interested in joining the project. We are excited about having scholars explore the implications of physics (and the philosophy of science in general) on religious belief systems. With your help, we can get like-minded scholars to make a significant contribution to academia while reigniting an interest in physics among the general public.


If you have any questions or would like to discuss the details further, please don’t hesitate to contact our Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Darren M. Slade (dslade@gcrr.org).