Friday, October 30, 2015

MIRACLES: Resources for Study


"This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will." 


(Hebrews 2:3b-4; also see Acts 2:22; John 14:11)

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Videos
*The Special Divine Action Project: This is the #1 place to go for scholarly discussion of miracles. This YouTube channel features dozens of lectures by top scholars on the philosophical discussion of miracles, especially featuring the work of Timothy McGrew. There are also several videos by Craig Keener (another foremost expert on this issue), Richard Swinburne (one of the foremost Christian philosphers), Sir Roger Scruton, Ian Hutchinson, Susan Eastman, Peter Harrison, Neal Audenaert, Raymond C. Tallis, and Lenn Goodman.  There are two sets of Dr. McGrew's lectures here: "The Deist Controversy" and "The Great Debate"....the latter of which I have listened to in its entirety at least three times now. Excellent!
*Keener, Craig. "Miracles" (The BaraInitiative): 4 minute video.
*Keener, Craig. "Miracles Symposium": 44 minute video
*McGrew, Timothy. "Baylor ISR....Plantiga Conference" (45 minutes) 
*Shenvi, Neil. "Miracles, materialism, and quantum mechanics": "A 39-minute video discussing the history, fundamental postulates, and philosophical implications of quantum mechanics. In particular, I examine how quantum mechanics challenges naive naturalistic assumptions about the existence of miracles, the role of consciousness and the nature of reality."
*"About Miracles" is a 59 minute documentary that "features four dramatic, true stories about modern day miracles. Told by the actual people involved and featuring gripping reenactments...." Produced by Vision Video. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can watch it for FREE

Articles: Miracle Accounts
*Cooper, Brad. "I Will Tell the World of His Amazing Deeds!": My account of being healed of a deadly tumor on my kidney.
*USA Today. "Mom prays, dead son comes back to life.": Includes video interviewing the mom and the attending physician, who calls it a "bona fide miracle."

Articles (& Book Chapters): Towards Understanding (Philosophical Issues)
*Cooper, Brad. "Miracles: An Objection": If Jesus healed everyone, why do we not see everyone being healed today?
*McGrew, Tim. "Miracles" (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy).
*McGrew, Tim. "Science, Doubt, and Miracles": An article in the Enrichment Journal (an online publication of the Assemblies of God)
*McGrew, Lydia. "There Are No Slippery Prior Probabilities": A refutation of Hume's assertion about miracles.
*Leland, John. "John Leland on the evidence of miracles." An excerpt from 4 pages of one of Leland's books (published in 1837) as hosted at the "Library of Historical Apologetics" (authored by Tim McGrew).
*French, David. "Yes, There Is Evidence God Exists": A lawyer's personal testimony and reflections on miracles.
*"Are Miracles Possible?": A compendium of articles by both leading Christian thinkers (such as Tim McGrew and Craig Keener) and skeptics.
*Hume, David. “Of Miracles”: Available for FREE. The relevant section of Hume's An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748, 1777) and the source of most modern confusion about miracles. "Mandatory" reading in Tim McGrew's "A Course of Readings in Apologetics."
*Geisler, Norm and Frank Turek. I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist, Chapter 8: "Miracles: Signs of God or Gullibility?" (p.197-220). An excellent refutation of objections followed by a solid Biblical defining of miracles.

Books: Miracle Accounts
*Keener, Craig. Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts (2 volumes). Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011. Available at OverDrive.
*Muller, George. Answers to Prayer from George Muller's Narratives. FREE on Kindle (at title link).
*Connelly, Douglas. Miracles: What the Bible Says. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1997. Hosted at CCEL to read online for FREE.
*Stafford, Tim. Miracles: A Journalist Looks at Modern Day Experiences of God's Power. Bloomington, Minnesota: Bethany House Publishers, 2012. An easy read that is available cheap in used paperback, and also in Kindle, Audible audio or audio CD (at title link). Also available at OverDrive in ebook and audio.
*Goode, Reema. Which None Can Shut: Remarkable True Stories of God's Miraculous Work in the Muslim World. Carol Stream, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, 2010. A missionary retells her own personal experiences of God's divine intervention. An page-turning read that is available cheap in used paperback, and also in Kindle, Audible audio or audio CD (at title link). Also available at OverDrive in ebook and audio.
*Duffin, JacalynMedical Miracles: Doctors, Saints, and Healing in the Modern World. Oxford University Press, 2008. A distinguished doctor and medical historian investigates the Vatican's use of physicians in verifying miracles (during the canonization process) over the last 400 years.
*Wilson, Darren. Filming God: A Journey from Skepticism to Faith. Shippensburg, Pennsylvania: Destiny Image Publishers, 2011.
*Garlow, James L. Real Life, Real Miracles: True Stories That Will Help You Believe.
*Jacobson, Don. It's a God Thing: When Miracles Happen to Everyday People.
*Jacobson, Don. It's a God Thing: When Miracles Happen to Everyday People: Volume 2.
*Restagno, Allison C. Modern-Day Miracles: 50 True Miracle Stories.
*Muller, George. Edited by A.E.C. Brooks. Answers to Prayer from George Muller's Narratives. FREE!
*Goyer, Tricia. Prayers That Changed History. From the Christian Library Journal review: "Though suggested for a grade and middle school audience, Prayers that Changed History would be a compelling and enjoyable book for all ages, particularly history enthusiasts." Currently only $1.99!

Books: Towards Understanding (Philosophical Issues)
*Keener, Craig. Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts (2 volumes). Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011. Available at OverDrive.
*Lewis, C.S. Miracles. A classic that is available cheap at Amazon, and also in Kindle version or in audiobook through Audible (all in the title link). You can also find the ebook and audiobook versions for loan through OverDrive (additional audiobook version here).  "Recommended" reading in Tim McGrew's "A Course of Readings in Apologetics."
*Metaxas, Eric. Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life. New York, New York: Plume, 2015. Available at OverDrive in ebook and audio.
*Wardlaw, Ralph. On Miracles1853. FREE on Google (at title link).
*Adams, William. An Essay in Answer to Mr. Hume’s Essay on Miracles, 3rd ed., 1767. FREE. "Mandatory" reading in Tim McGrew's "A Course of Readings in Apologetics."
*Campbell, George. A Dissertation on Miracles, 1824. FREE
"Recommended" reading in Tim McGrew's "A Course of Readings in Apologetics."
*Douglas, John. The Criterion, 1832. FREE. "Recommended" reading in Tim McGrew's "A Course of Readings in Apologetics."
*Connelly, Douglas. Miracles: What the Bible Says. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1997. Hosted at CCEL to read online for FREE.
*Geivett, R. Douglas and Gary Habermas (editors). In Defense of Miracles: A Comprehensive Case for God's Action in History. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 1997. "Recommended" reading in Tim McGrew's "A Course of Readings in Apologetics."
*Lennox, John. Miracles (VeriTalks Book 2). Only 99 cents on Kindle (at title link). A 63 page book that is an adaptation of a talk given at the Veritas Forum at Harvard University in 2012.
*Stafford, Tim. Miracles: A Journalist Looks at Modern Day Experiences of God's Power. Bloomington, Minnesota: Bethany House Publishers, 2012. An easy read that is available cheap in used paperback, and also in Kindle, Audible audio or audio CD (at title link). Also available at OverDrive in ebook and audio.
*Brown, Colin. That You May Believe: Miracles and Faith Then and Now. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 1985, 1996.
*Twelftree, Graham. The Cambridge Companion to Miracles. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Amazon editorial review: "The miracle stories of the founders and saints of the major world religions have much in common. Written by international experts, this Companion provides an authoritative and comparative study of miracles in not only Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Christianity and Judaism, but also, indigenous religions. The authors promote a discussion of the problems of miracles in our largely secular culture, and of the value of miracles in religious belief. The miracles of Jesus are also contextualized through chapters on the Hebrew Bible, classical culture to the Romans, Second Temple and early rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity. This book provides students with a scholarly introduction to miracles, which also covers philosophical, medical and historical issues."

Still looking?....Here is a great bibliography on answering Hume's objection to miracles....and another excellent bigliography on "The Miracles of Jesus" (with links and many FREE pdf files).



Jesus feeding the crowd of 5000 men (heads of household) plus women and children--an account in all four of the Gospels for which there are undesigned coincidences (Matthew 14; Mark 6; Luke 9; John 6). Image source: Wikimedia Commons.

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