Miracles: Wonder and Meaning in World Religions

Miracles: Wonder and Meaning in World Religions

by David L. Weddle
     
 

Despite the dominance of scientific explanation in the modern world, at the beginning of the twenty-first century faith in miracles remains strong, particularly in resurgent forms of traditional religion. In Miracles, David L. Weddle examines how five religious traditions—Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam—understand miracles,

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Despite the dominance of scientific explanation in the modern world, at the beginning of the twenty-first century faith in miracles remains strong, particularly in resurgent forms of traditional religion. In Miracles, David L. Weddle examines how five religious traditions—Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam—understand miracles, considering how they express popular enthusiasm for wondrous tales, how they provoke official regulation because of their potential to disrupt authority, and how they are denied by critics within each tradition who regard belief in miracles as an illusory distraction from moral responsibility.

In dynamic and accessible prose, Weddle shows us what miracles are, what they mean, and why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, they are still significant today: belief in miracles sustains the hope that, if there is a reality that surpasses our ordinary lives, it is capable of exercising—from time to time—creative, liberating, enlightening, and healing power in our world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814794166
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
07/19/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Preliminary Considerations
2 Hinduism: Signs of Spiritual Liberation
3 Judaism: Signs of Covenant
4 Buddhism: Signs of Transcendent Wisdom
5 Christianity: Signs of Divine Presence
6 Islam: Signs of Divine Authority
Afterword
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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