Self-Published Genius #51: Spiritual Biochemistry

Today we have another addition to our series about Self-Published Geniuses, where we bring you news of authors with a vanity press book in which the author claims to have made paradigm-shattering discoveries, and announces his work by hiring a press release service.

The press release for this one is titled New Book Provides Evidence of Link of Science, Theology, issued by PR Web, which describes itself as “the leader in online news distribution and publicity.” It says, with some bold font added by us for emphasis:

The disparity between the measurable, physical dimension of science and the invisible or spiritual concepts of theology leads to the perception of many as the two disciplines to be separate, unrelated and sometimes antagonistic.

That, dear reader, is one messed-up sentence! Here’s more:

In “The Physical Body, The Spiritual Body” (published by Balboa Press AU), author Ainsley Chalmers provides evidence that the two disciplines can be intertwined.

That sounds fantastic, but as you know, in addition to the press release, we need more to confirm that the book qualifies for our collection. Was it published by a vanity press? Indeed it was! The press release tells us that the publisher is Balboa Press AU. Their website leaves no doubt. It declares:

Balboa Press is a self-publishing company specializing in self-help titles that inspire and enlighten the reader. We offer a full suite of publishing, design and marketing services, enabling a greater number of authors to publish their works.

Okay! We’ve got a vanity press book and we’ve got the author’s press release. Let’s find out what else it says:

He describes a correlation between certain physical aspects of biological/medical research and how they pertain to Christian spirituality. … Ainsley then discusses Christian salvation, young earth creationism versus naturalism, Christian growth and development through the word of God, erroneous science and theology, interactions within society and the Christian community. Finally, using his personal experiences as a scientist and committed Christian, the author summarizes myths, truths and untruths present in both realms of science and theology.

What a book! We looked for the Amazon listing. Here it is: The Physical Body, the Spiritual Body. The price is only $11.99 in paperback, and they say it’s 114 pages long. Amazing! But there aren’t any reviews yet. Let’s get back to the press release. It informs us:

“‘The Physical Body, the Spiritual Body’ throws light on the so-called myths of Christianity and of evolutionary science/naturalism. It is important that society knows the truth about these matters. My book emphasises that the Christian life is the only life worth living,” Chalmers shares.

You’ve got to be wondering — who is this brilliant author? The press release tells us:

Ainsley Chalmers earned a doctorate in biochemistry, with over 75 research publications over a 40-year period. He has been a Christian for about 40 years. Chalmers have [sic] three daughters and seven grandchildren. In his free time, he plays golf.

Your long search is over, dear reader. This is the book you’ve been waiting for all your life. Go get it!

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10 responses to “Self-Published Genius #51: Spiritual Biochemistry

  1. For any normal genius polymath, such paradigm-busting work would be full time. But Ainsley Chalmers is clearly orders of magnitude smarter than that! He can can overturn the whole edifice of modern science and still have some “free time” in which

    he plays golf.

    What a guy!

  2. michaelfugate

    One can see how the stupidity virus infects brains – an interview with Ainsley…
    Ooooh 747s and cells – they’re so alike!

  3. I’m not against Australian exports, but I hope they keep Chalmers. After all, we already have their Ham.

  4. Charles Deetz ;)

    From michaelfugate’s link, this quote identifies Chalmer’s root argument:

    The atheistic Ph.D. scientists I worked with challenged me to show them God. I told them to look in the mirror and ask who made your eyes to see, ears to hear, mouth to talk, brain to reason.

  5. Megalonyx you may have a point. I recall a (real) book I purchased in which the author had a “collection of slide rules”. Now that’s a hobby for a polymath.

  6. Chalmer claims “…the Christian life is the only life worth living.” I wonder if any of the 5×10^9 people on the earth who aren’t followers of the baby jeebus are astonished to learn that.

  7. Troy relates a tale about an author who boasts

    “collection of slide rules”

    Are you sure that wasn’t our Curmudgeon? He’s terribly proud of his slipstick–but wholly unjustifiably, says Olivia.

  8. michaelfugate

    I think it is the circularity of the argument that appeals to Chalmers. “Why do I believe in Christianity? Because it’s true. Why is Christianity true? Because I believe in it .”

  9. I visited the Amazon store and read the sample. It mixes his understanding of cellular biology with the usual “tornado in a junkyard” talk, e.g., “evolution doesn’t create information,” “second law of thermodynamics says it’s impossible,” and so on. All this was in the sample! What else awaits? It boggles the mind to see the usual suspects.

    The author takes pains to clarify that he was once a theistic evolutionist who came to believe that the word of God simply can’t be wrong by any degree, and writes to rescue the true believer from hybridizing the faith to the natural (evolutionary) model. I wonder how he feels about Noah bringing slavery back into the world when he’s drunk, arguably because he’s dealing with genocide, staggering around naked in front of his son Ham who is like, oooh put some clothes on. And rather than feel ashamed, Noah curses Ham and condemns his descendants to be “the servant of servants,” with no statute of limitation. Is he fine with that, too?

  10. Notice how the press release says Ainsley has been “a Christian” for 40 years. You can bet your bottom shekel that this doesn’t mean a Catholic or a mainline Protestant, but rather a fundamentalist. I find it offensive that they have seized the C-word for themselves.