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More miracles?

Posted by c. wagner on November 3, 2009

While we’re talking about miracles, here’s one I’ve been trying to ignore for a couple of days. Reports of miracles among the Islamic faithful are rarer than among Christians, but there’s been a happening in Dagestan, a republic in southern Russia.

Religious leaders in Dagestan say the verse “Be thankful or grateful to God” appeared on Ali Yakubov’s right leg in Arabic script earlier this week, according to Reuters. By the time foreign journalists had arrived, the verse had faded to a single letter.

Reports say that the letters looked like a pink birthmark before fading.

The locals have a couple of explanations of the deeper meaning of the phenomenon. Most say that the writing is a sign that Allah exists and loves his people. One cleric had a less touchy-feely explanation.

A Muslim imam who visited Madina and her boy had a more apocalyptic take on situation, saying, “It is written that the closer to the end of the world, such signs will appear on a person’s body.”

The skeptics have an explanation, of course. They say that someone is scratching or otherwise irritating the baby’s skin to make the letters appear. Spoilsports.

Read more from ABC News.

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Can we use this for a paternity test?

Posted by c. wagner on November 3, 2009

I love miracle stories. I really do.

The newest one involves a communion wafer in a Catholic church in Poland. Seems this wafer fell into some water and was transmogrified into heart tissue. At least according to one Polish scientist. No word on what tests she used to determine this.

Skeptics are claiming that the wafer is probably just coated with bacteria and are asking to test it. They even want to do genetic testing on the miraculous “tissue”. Think of it. If the wafer really did what Catholics claim it does–turn into the body of Jesus Christ–scientists might be able to sequence the DNA of God.

The odds look good:

The Catholic Church said already ruled out the possibility of a hoax, and local police have said that there is no evidence of fraud.

I can’t wait to see how this pans out.

Read more from the Times Online.

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