The Gospel Miracles: What Really Happened?: A Systematic, Open-Minded Review of the Evidence

The Gospel Miracles: What Really Happened?: A Systematic, Open-Minded Review of the Evidence

by Michael J. Lowis

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The Gospel Miracles: What Really Happened?: A Systematic, Open-Minded Review of the Evidence by Michael J. Lowis

The Gospel Miracles examines the thirty-five miracles performed by Jesus, as reported in the four Gospels. The objectives are firstly to try and determine what really happened at the time they were enacted and, secondly, to see if it is possible to explain them. This exercise is neither an attempt to deny miracles, nor to blindly accept the accounts as inerrant, but it is an unbiased attempt to arrive at the truth. The findings conclude that sometimes there are possible naturalistic or simple alternative explanations to a supernatural one. However, this does not discount the possibility that Jesus employed natural means at the right time for the right reasons. The Gospel Miracles concludes with a summary of some more modern reports of miraculous events.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498204279
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 12/11/2014
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.27(d)

About the Author

Michael Lowis is a Chartered Psychologist in the UK, and a retired university lecturer. He is also in the final stages of studying for a degree in theology. Lowis is the author of over fifty academic articles and book chapters, and is retained in an honorary position at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland.

Table of Contents

Tables and Figure vii

Foreword Alan Jeffrey Taylor ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xvii

Chapter 1 What is a miracle? 1

Chapter 2 Reliability of the biblical accounts 5

Chapter 3 Eye-witness expectations 11

Chapter 4 Categories of miracles, and procedure 17

Chapter 5 Considerations concerning healing miracles 26

Chapter 6 Healing: blindness 30

Chapter 7 Healing: leprosy and paralysis 35

Chapter 8 Healing: fever, bleeding and withered hand 40

Chapter 9 Various other healings 45

Chapter 10 The first three exorcisms 50

Chapter 11 The remaining three exorcisms 56

Chapter 12 Raising of the dead 60

Chapter 13 Nature: changing water into wine; the first catch of fish 66

Chapter 14 Nature: calming the storm; feeding the five thousand 70

Chapter 15 Nature: Jesus walks on water; feeding the four thousand 75

Chapter 16 Various other nature miracles 80

Chapter 17 Some alternative explanations 86

Chapter 18 Conclusions 89

Chapter 19 Modern claims of miracles 96

Bibliography 103

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