Miracles [Three Volumes] [3 volumes]: God, Science, and Psychology in the Paranormal
  • Miracles [Three Volumes] [3 volumes]: God, Science, and Psychology in the Paranormal
  • Miracles [Three Volumes] [3 volumes]: God, Science, and Psychology in the Paranormal

Miracles [Three Volumes] [3 volumes]: God, Science, and Psychology in the Paranormal

by J. Harold Ellens
     
 

Can science, psychology, and biology explain miracles? This three-volume set attempts to answer that question, presenting the latest, as well as classic, thinking and research regarding miracles from fields that include psychology, psychiatry, theology, biology, and history. We have all heard of what seem miraculous events, which have surfaced across history. They

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Can science, psychology, and biology explain miracles? This three-volume set attempts to answer that question, presenting the latest, as well as classic, thinking and research regarding miracles from fields that include psychology, psychiatry, theology, biology, and history. We have all heard of what seem miraculous events, which have surfaced across history. They range from stigmata and bleeding icons to deadly tumors that disappear and healers who succeed just by laying hands on the afflicted; from people who can predict unexpected events to so-called mediums and those who can allegedly see and speak with the dead. These books, led by an eminent scholar who serves as series editor for the Praeger series Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality, examine miracles of body, mind, and spirit, presenting the most recent research and writing on these uncommon events, aiming to bring hard science to some of the most persistent and peculiar phenomena associated with the human race.

Can science, psychology, and biology explain miracles? This three-volume set attempts to answer that question, presenting the latest, as well as classic, thinking and research regarding miracles from fields that include psychology, psychiatry, theology, biology, and history.

From news of a crippled woman who left her wheelchair and walked after an evangelist prayed over her, to stories of people who died on the operating table only to be revived to tell of bright lights and the pathway to the afterlife, we've all heard of what seem miraculous events. They have surfaced across history. They range from stigmata and bleeding icons to deadly tumors that disappear, and healers who succeed just by laying hands on the afflicted; from people who can predict unexpected events to so-called mediums and those who can allegedly see and speak with the dead. Some miracles are intricately tied to religious beliefs, but there are millions of people who ascribe to no particular religion, yet still believe that things happen that defy all laws of nature, and thus defy scientific explanation.

In these books, eminent scholar J. Harold Ellens and his team of expert contributors examine miracles of body, mind, and spirit, presenting the most recent research and writing on these uncommon events as they aim to bring hard science to some of the most persistent—and peculiar—phenomena associated with the human race.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"… [P]apers are carefully constructed explorations of ways in which miracle can be understood today, particularly from a psychological perspective. These essays will be helpful to those interested in a serious investigation of this topic. Recommended - upper-division undergraduates through professional/practitioners."

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Choice

"…[F]or those psychologists and mental health professionals who are truly interested in broadening their understanding of some of the more unusual aspects of religion and health, several of the chapters are worthy of their time."

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PsycCRITIQUES

"This series in Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality intimates Praeger's commitment to the field of psychology of religion, a commitment for which they—especially D. Carvalko, S. Staszak-Silva, and J. H. Ellens—should be praised….Highly recommended."

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Religious Studies Review

"I would recommend this to anyone interested in how contemporary academia is dealing with the subject of miracles…"

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275997229
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/2008
Series:
Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality Series
Pages:
980
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 3.30(d)

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