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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Synapse by Mark Walton is a visionary book at the intersection of science and Scripture, spelling out hidden meanings of biblical passages. Walton offers insight into spiritual and physical worlds, and discusses areas like spiritual disconnection, redemption, reunification, and symbolic interpretations like barley, wheat, and the significance of 11:11. Walton also addresses resurrection, spiritual gifts, and biblical keys that all meld with science, art, and society. He promotes deeper Scripture analysis, emphasizing humility, mercy, and redemption through Christ, and stresses that the Bible's coherence and depth suggest divine involvement. Synapse spans topics from mankind as a symbolically marked beast to the thinning of the spiritual veil, hinging on a diverse perspective on creation, drawing on a breadth of influences to encourage renewed look and interpretation of the Bible.
A lot of writers court controversy. Mark Walton practically marries it in Synapse: Lost in the Gap. By breaching custom with concepts like an unconventional view of UFOs as biblical entities connected to the heavenly host, and interpreting the purpose of the Law as a means to increase transgressions to invite more grace, Walton daringly contradicts the spectrum of collective religious understanding. How the Bible works in contemporary life is endorsed by things like Walton's section on Christ-inspired tattoos and their spiritual significance, pointing to Galatians 6:17: "From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus." Walton's outlook on biblical teachings and bold readiness to push the envelope make Synapse a significant contribution to religious studies, marking Walton as a visionary in his field.