Miracles: 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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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. 

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Faith, when applied genuinely and with intensity, can produce effects that normally can only be regarded as "Miracles". And for me, this is irrespective of the agency/subject of the faith. It's as if there's an impersonal God, ready to address personal need.
This book deserves a serious reading for both the skeptic and the believer.


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, and commentaries on Acts, Matthew, John, Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, and Revelation.

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