Where can we find the winning American war plan? Why, in the Bible, of course! Top Bush officials were briefed by Bible codes guru Michael Drosnin. Drosnin finds the answers to almost any question--past, present and future--by feeding the Hebrew Torah into a computer that applies a process known as ELS (equidistant letter sequencing):
To Drosnin and the like-minded, the Hebrew Bible is a giant crossword puzzle that criss-crosses the entire text with a complex network of hidden phrases and words -- a computer program that could not have been written by humans.
Well of course it is. And some people are worried about the new hermeneutic!
Barry Levy, dean of McGill University's religious studies department, has the right take on the whole nonsense:
"The codes just confirm ideas people already have. To imagine this does anything other than provide spectacular entertainment is just silly," Levy says. "You could probably do this with a newspaper."
Your tax dollars at work.