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I have been requested to write some papers on our Lord's miracles. I venture the attempt in the belief that, seeing they are one of the modes in which his unseen life found expression, we are bound through them to arrive at some knowledge of that life. For he has come, The Word of God, that we may know God: every word of his then, as needful to the knowing of himself, is ...more
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Luke Miller
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miracles
This is the first book that I've read from MacDonald. Based on C.S. Lewis' approving comments, I have to admit that I expected more. I'm sure that probably says more about me than it does about the book. But although I don't share Lewis' opinion of the author, I can definitely see how Lewis' writing was shaped by him.

I'm in the middle of reading Lewis' "Miracles" right now, and there are at least 3 huge ideas that Lewis pulls from this book. Here is one example:

“I will say that his miracles in
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Chris Huff
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
George MacDonald never disappoints me.

I listened to this via Librivox while often doing other things, so I didn't catch every word or thought. But what I did catch always encouraged my faith and/or made me think. Usually both.

MacDonald points out that Christ's miracles are not amazing in themselves in the way that we often think about them. Jesus could do these things because He was and is Jesus. Being the Son of God, it's no wonder that He could do miracles.

But maybe He didn't do miracles by
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Matt
Dec 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is *not* your typical work on miracles. Far from being a pat exposition of the gospels, MacDonald uses the Biblical accounts of miracles as a starting point for intense reflection of God's benevolence and the challenge of salvation (an almost Kierkegaardian challenge, for MacDonald).

MacDonald doesn't shy away from controversy, either. He takes on Humean arguments against Miracles within the first few pages of the book, and throughout he addresses debates about science and religion -- and
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Gretchen
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
MacDonald's unique perspective on the miracles of Christ make them more intimate, as well as dealing adequately with the theological issues in the background of the events. In particular, his treatment of the resurrection, the transfiguration, and Jesus' overall desire to make whole were remarkable. This is a must read for any MacDonald fan; I would also recommend this to anyone who had questions about the validity of the miracle accounts in the Gospels, as the insights in this book are honest ...more
Renee Wolcott
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I have never been one for much theological study, but George MacDonald sums up what I believe to be the nature of God: he loves us, even as he punishes us, until we are all good enough for oneness with him, and love as he does.
John Sheehan
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved this book..was so hard to put it down...highly recommend it
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This was difficult to read because of its age, but I loved the content and the way it was organized. We used it for a Sunday School lesson and found it quite useful
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George MacDonald was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister.

He was educated at Aberdeen University and after a short and stormy career as a minister at Arundel, where his unorthodox views led to his dismissal, he turned to fiction as a means of earning a living. He wrote over 50 books.

Known particularly for his poignant fairy tales and fantasy novels, MacDonald inspired many authors, such
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“The Lord of gladness delights in the laughter of a merry heart. These wedding guests could have done without wine, surely without more wine and better wine. But the Father looks with no esteem upon a bare existence, and is ever working, even by suffering, to render life more rich and plentiful. His gifts are to the overflowing of the cup; but when the cup would overflow, he deepens its hollow, and widens its brim. Our Lord is profuse like his Father, yea, will, at his own sternest cost, be lavish to his brethren. He will give them wine indeed. But even they who know whence the good wine comes, and joyously thank the giver, shall one day cry out, like the praiseful ruler of the feast to him who gave it not, "Thou hast kept the good wine until now.” 2 likes
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