Science supports religious history

Historical and scientific evidence merged with important biblical events as unique points were made to a group of attentive listeners.  The Fellowship of Christian Athletes welcomed Dr. Vern Palmisano, a physician of over 20 years, to speak on the crucifixion of Christ to FCA and Baptist Collegiate Ministry members.
“It is Easter coming up so we wanted the Christian organizations on campus to come together and hear from a medical standpoint, from a historical standpoint someone who is well versed in theories of the resurrection,” said Gary Fayard, FCA area director.

Fayard met Palmisano through sports ministries and after hearing his speech felt the need for Palmisano to speak at Southeastern.  Palmisano has researched through history and science for the past 12 years about the information recorded in the Bible.

“The crucifixion was a historical event before it was a biblical event,” said Palmisano, referencing documentation found outside of the Bible.

Through his research, Palmisano discovered more than 20 places outside of scripture that claimed Jesus died on the cross Friday and rose Sunday. One of these documents was a letter about Jesus from Pontius Pilate to Tiberius Caesar, the Roman Emperor.

“Much of the evidence does not come from the Bible,” said Mark Pease, a friend of Palmisano.  “It comes from outside the Bible.  They came from astronomical events.  They came from letters that went back and forth.  A lot of the research Vern does is non-biblical.  It’s framed with what other people were saying at the time.”

Palmisano not only referenced letters, but looked into past astronomical events that parallel scripture and important historical traditions. 

A historical lunar eclipse can be looked back into, proven and even dated on April 3, A.D. 33.  Scripture describes an earthquake and solar eclipse after the crucifixion of Christ and scripture later mentions a lunar eclipse.  According to Palmisano, this is proof that what was said to of happened did happen.

Through his research, Palmisano believes what was recorded in the Bible and there is proof that Jesus is the Son of God.

“It even holds up medically, it even holds up historically, it even holds up scientifically,” said Palmisano. “The evidence is overwhelming. The president of Harvard Law said there’s more evidence in the code of law for Christ than for Alexander the Great.  That’s an amazing statement.”

Palmisano also discussed interesting facts and customs of the people of that time, the process of crucifixion, burial laws, traditions and more.

After practicing medicine for years, Palmisano was inspired and called to begin his search into history after falling 42 feet from a tree and nearly dying.

“I fell out of a tree 12 years ago, 42 feet.  I should have been dead,” said Palmisano. “Coyotes surrounded me.  So when I was assuming I was going to die, the only thing that assured me of where I was going to go next was the history-nothing anybody had told me, nothing I’ve read, no human experience-about whether those events really happened.  So I started to look into it.”

Palmisano continues to work as a physician while simultaneously traveling to different parts of the country to speak at least 50 times a year on his findings regarding the crucifixion and the birth of Christ.  Palmisano’s talks have been featured on television was also consulted during the making of the Passion of the Christ movie, which tells the story of Jesus Christ.

Palmisano is an M.D. in Mandeville, La.  For more information about Palmisano and his research visit

FCA is a Christian organization that meets each week on Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Kinesiology Building and welcomes all students. Members participate in games, worship, bible study and more.