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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.
Not a critique of religion, Looking for a Miracle is a careful investigation of the evidence relating to specific claims. Among the numerous strange events, powers, and objects discussed are the Shroud of Turin, magical icons, mystical relics, and Pentecostal Powers, such as "speaking in tongues."
|The Edessan Image||19|
|The Shroud of Turin||22|
|The Image of Guadalupe||29|
|Other Miraculous Pictures||34|
|Other Animated Figures||62|
|The Blood of St. Januarius||77|
|Januarius and the Pozzuoli Stone||83|
|Speaking in Tongues||103|
|Taking up Serpents||116|
|How Faith Healing "Cures"||133|
|"Healing," Hoopla, and Hoaxes||137|
|Prophets of Healing||154|
|"Miracles" at Fatima||176|
|Hoax at Garabandal||181|
|Mystery at Zeitoun||185|
Posted June 27, 2000
There was so little understanding of mystical phenomenon in this book that others should read Kevin Orlin Johnson's books for a reasonable overview of the Church's perspective on these matters. The position taken in the book reminded me of doctors and scientists who can only explain near death phenomenon in terms of the physical. I love the majesty, the mystery and the miraculous that is the Catholic Church. ....Pax Tecum
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