Visions of Jesus: Direct Encounters from the New Testament to Today

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Oxford University Press, Nov 5, 1998 - Religion - 288 pages
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Ernie Hollands, a career criminal, said Christ appeared to him in his cell in Millhaven Penitentiary. Maria Martinez saw Jesus at a busy intersection in Miami, Florida. Rose Fairs was lying in bed one morning when the Venetian blinds opened and the head of Jesus materialized before her. Were these people only imagining a figure that seemed life-like, or is there a chance that what they saw was, in some way, real? This first critical study of contemporary visions of Jesus offers the intriguing accounts of thirty people, most of them ordinary men and women without prior or subsequent experiences of this kind, who remain mystified about their encounters. Wiebe recounts each vision in vivid detail, exploring why these individuals believe their visions were of Jesus, and why they typically believe them to be objective happenings, rather than hallucinations or dreams. He regards the occurrences from perspectives as diverse as biblical scholarship and parapsychology, concluding that they may well represent genuine religious experiences of a mystical character. The fascinating nature of these visions and Wiebe's thoughtful, evenhanded approach to each report add up to a book that will be provocative reading for skeptics and the faithful alike.
 

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In this thought-provoking work, Wiebe (philosophy and assistant dean, arts and religious studies, Trinity Western Univ., Canada) critically studies visions of Jesus as reported in recent years. While ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
1 Christic Apparitions in Christian History
15
2 Contemporary Christic Visions and Apparitions
40
3 Evaluation of the Evidence
89
4 Christic Appearances and Visions in the New Testament
111
5 Supernaturalistic Explanations
150
6 Mentalistic and Psychological Explanations
172
7 Neurophysiological Explanations
193
I
224
II
226
III
228
Notes
231
Bibliography
251
Index
271
Biblical Names Index
279
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8 Interpreting Christic Visions and Apparitions
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About the author (1998)

Phillip H. Wiebe is Professor of Philosophy and Dean of Arts and Religious Studies at Trinity Western University in Canada.

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