Miracles : 2 volumes: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts

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Baker Books, Nov 1, 2011 - Religion - 1248 pages
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Most modern prejudice against biblical miracle reports depends on David Hume's argument that uniform human experience precluded miracles. Yet current research shows that human experience is far from uniform. In fact, hundreds of millions of people today claim to have experienced miracles. New Testament scholar Craig Keener argues that it is time to rethink Hume's argument in light of the contemporary evidence available to us. This wide-ranging and meticulously researched two-volume study presents the most thorough current defense of the credibility of the miracle reports in the Gospels and Acts. Drawing on claims from a range of global cultures and taking a multidisciplinary approach to the topic, Keener suggests that many miracle accounts throughout history and from contemporary times are best explained as genuine divine acts, lending credence to the biblical miracle reports.
 

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Interesting book except that some examples shown like the one with Cindy Larsen are highly suspect given Larsen's credentials are highly suspect and her relationship with Anna was as well. According to her own children mentioned who are not supportive of this account or Larsen, Larsen fabricates and is highly prone to extreme exaggeration that does not even come close to touching a border of truth. Perhaps a better examination of Larsen's credentials would be helpful. Keener should have done a better job at vetting. 

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I am a childhood friend of Brad who is in the story with Ed Wilkinson and Galen Hertweck. I recall the shock and amazement we all felt when Brad came back from Colombia without having had surgery. His chronic condition truly never caused him issues again for the remainder of his childhood. I can fully attest to the validity of this story. 

Contents

Conclusion
Comparison of Early Christian and Jewish Miracle
Parallels and the Authenticity Question
Are Miracles Possible?
Hume and the Philosophic Questions
Developing Humes Skepticism toward Miracles
Miracle Accounts beyond Antiquity
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Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of many books, including the bestseller The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, The Historical Jesus of the Gospels, Gift and Giver, a four-volume commentary on Acts, and commentaries on Acts, Matthew, John, Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, and Revelation.

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