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Overview

For as long as the idea of “miracles” has been in the public sphere, the conversation about them has been shaped exclusively by religious apologists and Christian leaders. The definitions for what a miracles are have been forged by the same men who fought hard to promote their own beliefs as fitting under that umbrella. It’s time for a change.

Enter John W. Loftus, an atheist author who has earned three master’s degrees from Lincoln Christian Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Loftus, a former student of noted Christian apologist William Lane Craig, got some of the biggest names in the field to contribute to this book, which represents a critical analysis of the very idea of miracles.

Incorporating his own thoughts along with those of noted academics, philosophers, and theologians, Loftus is able to properly define “miracle” and then show why there’s no reason to believe such a thing even exists.

Addressing every single issue that touches on miracles in a thorough and academic manner, this compilation represents the most extensive look at the phenomenon ever displayed through the lens of an ardent non-believer.

If you’ve ever wondered exactly what a miracle is, or doubted whether they exist, then this book is for you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781839190087
Publisher: Ockham Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/22/2019
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 1.28(d)

About the Author

Abby Hafer has a doctorate in zoology from Oxford University and teaches human anatomy and physiology at Curry College. She has worked on many different human physiology research projects, including ones at Harvard School of Public Health. She is the author of the book, The Not-So-Intelligent Designer--Why Evolution Explains the Human Body and Intelligent Design Does Not.

David Corner received his PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He's a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy of California State University, Sacramento. He is the author of The Philosophy of Miracles.

John W. Loftus earned MA, MDiv, and ThM degrees in philosophy of religion, the last of which was under noted Christian philosopher William Lane Craig. John also studied in a PhD program at Marquette University. He is the author of Why I Became An Atheist, The Outsider Test for Faith, How to Defend the Christian Faith: Advice from an Atheist, Unapologetic, as well as the co-author of God or Godless with Randal Rauser. He's also the editor of The Christian Delusion, The End of Christianity, Christianity is Not Great, and Christianity in the Light of Science. He is the founder of the blog, Debunking Christianity (http://www.debunking-christianity.com/).

Table of Contents

Foreword: On Miracles and Truth

By Michael Shermer



Introduction

1| Miracles and the Challenge of Apologetics

By David Corner



2| God Would Not Perform Miracles

By Matt McCormick



3| Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence

By John W. Loftus



4| Properly Investigating Miracle Claims

By Darren M. Slade



5| Assessing Keener’s Miracles

By Edward T. Babinski



6| The Abject Failure of Christian Apologetics

By John W. Loftus



7| Why Do Christians Believe in Miracles?

By Valerie Tarico



8| Why the Romans Believed the Gospels

By R. G. Price



9| How New Testament Writers Helped Jesus Fulfill Prophecy

By Robert J. Miller



10| The Prophetic Failure of Christ’s Return

By Robert Conner



11| Five Inconvenient Truths that Falsify Biblical Revelation

By David Madison, PhD



12| Evolution is a Fact!

By Abby Hafer



13| Old Testament Miracle Genres as Folklore and Legend

By Randall Heskett



14| Science, Miracles and Noah’s Flood

By Clay Farris Naff



15| Jesus Christ: Docetic Demigod

By Robert M. Price



16| Miracles of the Christian Magicians

By Robert Conner



17| Credulity At Cana?

By Evan Fales



18| The Resurrection of Jesus Never Took Place

By John W. Loftus



19| Paul’s Christianity

By Robert Conner

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