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Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts (2 Volume Set)
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 ...more
Hardcover, 1172 pages
Published February 16th 2012 by Baker Academic, Div of Baker Publishing Group
(first published November 1st 2011)
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I finally finished this 600 page beast and I have been blessed. Keener challenges anti-supernaturalism head on, providing an in depth critique of Hume's philosophies that have infiltrated Western thought. He contrasts the Majority World View with the West and demonstrates that, for the most part, claims to seeing supernatural manifestations are not ancient--or unique. He clearly demonstrates that the Gospel writers definitely believe themselves to have witnessed the miraculous and not just some ...more
One of the best books on miracles that exists. Keener is incredibly detailed and covers both ancient and modern miracle claims, primarily in a Christian context but also from other religions. He tackles the naturalist critique of miracles in a brilliant way and argues forcefully that the belief that miracles do not exist is just that - a belief - and that when Christians believe in New Testament miracles, they are just as rational, being supported by tons of miracle claims in modern times. I rea ...more
Keener provides an excellent two-volume manual concerning the credibility of the miracles presented in the New Testament. Attacking the Humean naturalistic bias, Keener provides numerous verified examples of miracles occurring globally that resembles many of the miracles denoted in the New Testament. Whether one is a skeptic desiring to learn of the credibility of the miraculous, or the faithful desiring to strengthen one's belief in the miraculous, Keener's work is a must-have!!!
For the last couple of centuries, historical Jesus research has looked at the Gospels and thrown out every miracle. But why? Just because David Hume said so? This two volume set looks at miracles in the ancient world and then in the modern world, not just in North America but the majority world. Keener's thesis is that dismissing miracle claims is a false philosophical presupposition that doesn't fit with the beliefs or the experiences of most of the world. The book is very readable and not just ...more
Everyone should read this, as it challenges what we believe in the West to be a predominant world view with what is the actual Majority World view of mircales. Like all things by Keener it achieves it's aim through an abundance of sited evidence and references.
In his two-volume work, Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, Craig Keener argues for two theses: “The book’s primary thesis is simply that eyewitnesses do offer miracle claims … The secondary thesis is that supernatural explanations, while not suitable in every case, should be welcome on the scholarly table along with other explanations often discussed” (p. 1). Keener executes his argumentation for these two theses over four parts. In part one, he discusses the New Testament ...more
With this book Craig Keener intends to expand upon his ideas as presented in a footnote in his recent commentary on Acts. His primary thesis is that eyewitnesses do offer miracle claims. He spends much of the book defending this thesis, and specifically targets the materialistic assumptions of David Hume and those who follow him. In fact, Keener devotes two entire chapters to refuting Hume’s arguments, and the idea that miracle claims in the New Testament are legend rather than eyewitness accoun ...more
Oct 06, 2015 Rick rated it really liked it
Extremely thorough. Thoroughly documented. Humble. Carefully argued. Limited scope (even given that it's two volumes). Tremendously instructive and insightful. Two great chapters answering David Hume's skepticism regarding miracles. Hundreds of documented eyewitness and personal accounts from around the world. He sets out to make two primary arguments: 1) That the historical accounts in the Gospels and Acts of supernatural events should be seen as resulting from eyewitness events, and not as a m ...more
I struggled as to wether I wanted to buy this title as Keener is not one of my favorite scholars (he often writes well, but seems to often lack development in his thoughts with the later coming across as snippets instead of developed argument). The thesis of the book is two claims: (a) the uncontroversial claim that the uniform experience of humanity is not naturalism in sections 1 and 3 (many many examples across cultures, time, education, race, nationality, sex, age, etc), and, (b) a somewhat ...more
Wow!! The most comprehensive, in-depth book I have ever read pertaining to the supernatural in the New Testament. Not an easy read by any means. This book actually began as a footnote to Keener's massive four volume commentary on Acts. I believe the last of the 4 volumes is to be released this Fall. At approx $50.00 per volume it will be an investment but one I will make. My only disappointment is that Dr. Keener was not at Asbury Theological Seminary while I was a student there.
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 Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, the bestseller The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, The Historical Jesus of the Gospels, Gift and Giver, and commentaries on Matthew, John, Romans, 1–2 Corinthians, ...more
“Western theology invariably asks the question: Are miracles possible? This of course addresses the Enlightenment problem of a closed universe. In much of Asia that is a non-question because the miraculous is assumed and fairly regularly experienced.—Hwa Yung”
“What the radical Enlightenment excluded as implausible based on the principle of analogy, much of today’s world can accept on the same principle of analogy. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide claim to have experienced or witnessed what they believe are miracles. Eyewitness claims to dramatic recoveries appear in a wide variety of cultures, among Christians often successfully emulating models of healings found in the Gospels and Acts. Granted, such healings do not occur on every occasion and are fairly unpredictable in their occurrence; yet they seem to appear with special frequency in cultures and circles that welcome them.”More quotes…