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
     
 

Do miracles really happen? What is the evidence for paranormal phenomena that demonstrate divine power, and what alternative explanations can be offered for such apparently miraculous occurrences? How does the earnest inquirer assess the conflicting evidence and reach a conclusion? These and related questions are answered in this illuminating examination of miracle… See more details below

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Do miracles really happen? What is the evidence for paranormal phenomena that demonstrate divine power, and what alternative explanations can be offered for such apparently miraculous occurrences? How does the earnest inquirer assess the conflicting evidence and reach a conclusion? These and related questions are answered in this illuminating examination of miracle claims by respected historical, paranormal, and forensic investigator Joe Nickell. Not a critique of religion but rather a careful examination of the evidence relating to specific claims of the miraculous, Looking for a Miracle investigates a panoply of strange events, powers, and objects that are at the center of the controversy between so-called miraculists and confirmed skeptics. Among the phenomena studied are "Miraculous Pictures," like the Shroud of Turin, the Edessan Image, and the Image of Guadalupe; seemingly "Magical Icons," such as weeping, bleeding, and otherwise animated paintings and statues; "Mystical Relics," including "burning handprints," the liquefying blood of St. Januarius, and ostensibly "incorruptible" corpses of saints; "Pentecostal Powers," such as speaking in tongues, the gift of prophecy, taking up serpents, and other powers and immunities; "Faith Healing," including the reported miracle cures at Lourdes and the practices of evangelists, Christian Scientists, and "psychic surgeons"; "Ecstatic Visions," like the apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima and Medjugorje; and such "Sanctified Powers" as luminosity, levitation, bilocation, stigmata, inedia (the going without food); and the ability to produce objects out of thin air. Looking for a Miracle is a wide-ranging investigative study of a controversial topic that has all too often been approached either with excessive credulity or a dismissive attitude. Religious believers and rationalist thinkers alike have much to learn from this revealing examination of the evidence for the miraculous.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573926805
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
253
Sales rank:
510,344
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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