Most modern prejudice against biblical miracle reports depends on David Hume's argument that uniform human experience precluded miracles. Yet current research shows that human experience is far from uniform. In fact, hundreds of millions of people today claim to have experienced miracles. New Testament scholar Craig Keener argues that it is time to rethink Hume's argument in light of the contemporary evidence available to us. This wide-ranging and meticulously researched two-volume study presents the most thorough current defense of the credibility of the miracle reports in the Gospels and Acts. Drawing on claims from a range of global cultures and taking a multidisciplinary approach to the topic, Keener suggests that many miracle accounts throughout history and from contemporary times are best explained as genuine divine acts, lending credence to the biblical miracle reports.
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About the Author
Craig S. Keener (PhD, Duke University) is professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author of many books, including the bestseller The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, The Historical Jesus of the Gospels, Gift and Giver, a four-volume commentary on Acts, and commentaries on Acts, Matthew, John, Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, and Revelation.
Table of Contents
IntroductionPart 1: The Ancient Evidence1. Opening Questions about Early Christian Miracle Claims2. Ancient Miracle Claims outside Christianity3. Comparison of Early Christian and Other Ancient Miracle AccountsPart 2: Are Miracles Possible?4. Antisupernaturalism as an Authenticity Criterion?5. Hume and the Philosophic Questions6. Developing Hume's Skepticism toward MiraclesPart 3: Miracle Accounts beyond Antiquity7. Majority World Perspectives8. Examples from Asia9. Examples from Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean10. Supernaturalism in Earlier Christian History11. Supernatural Claims in the Recent West12. Blindness, Inability to Walk, Death, and Nature: Some Dramatic ReportsPart 4: Proposed Explanations13. Nonsupernatural Causes14. Biased Standards?15. More Extranormal CasesConclusionConcluding Unscientific PostscriptAppendixesIndexes