Looking for a Miracle: Weeping Icons, Relics, Stigmata, Visions and Healing Cures / Edition 1

Looking for a Miracle: Weeping Icons, Relics, Stigmata, Visions and Healing Cures / Edition 1

by Joe Nickell
     
 

ISBN-10: 1573926809

ISBN-13: 9781573926805

Pub. Date: 02/28/1999

Publisher: Prometheus Books

The willingness of people to believe in magical icons, mystical relics, and miraculous pictures (like the Image of Guadalupe) is almost as curious as these phenomena themselves. Though they cry out for scientific investigation, millions of people blindly accept them as fact.

Historical and paranormal investigator Joe Nickell confronts such strange events, powers,

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Overview

The willingness of people to believe in magical icons, mystical relics, and miraculous pictures (like the Image of Guadalupe) is almost as curious as these phenomena themselves. Though they cry out for scientific investigation, millions of people blindly accept them as fact.

Historical and paranormal investigator Joe Nickell confronts such strange events, powers, and objects as the Shroud of Turin, bleeding or weeping statues, burning handprints, liquefying blood, ecstatic visions, miraculous cures, and people speaking in tongues in Looking for a Miracle. Departing from standard critiques of religion, Nickell carefully investigates the evidence relating to specific claims.

Religious believers and rationalists alike have much to learn from this revealing examination of the evidence for the miraculous.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573926805
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
253
Sales rank:
1,293,751
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments5
1Introduction9
2Miraculous Pictures19
The Edessan Image19
The Shroud of Turin22
The Image of Guadalupe29
Other Miraculous Pictures34
3Magical Icons45
Weeping Icons48
Bleeding Effigies58
Other Animated Figures62
4Mystical Relics73
The Blood of St. Januarius77
Januarius and the Pozzuoli Stone83
The Incorruptibles85
Burning Handprints93
5Pentecostal Powers101
Speaking in Tongues103
Prophecy109
Taking up Serpents116
Other Immunities121
6Faith Healing131
How Faith Healing "Cures"133
"Healing," Hoopla, and Hoaxes137
Lourdes145
Prophets of Healing154
7Ecstatic Visions167
Marian Apparitions169
"Miracles" at Fatima176
Hoax at Garabandal181
Mystery at Zeitoun185
Medjugorje Mania187
Other Apparitions194
8Sanctified Powers209
Luminosity209
Levitation211
Bilocation216
Stigmata219
Inedia225
Exorcism229
Apport Production232
9Afterword239
Index245

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