In Defense of Miracles
Rumors of deception have surrounded claims of Jesus' resurrection ever since the soldiers appointed to guard his tomb made their report to the Jewish authorities. But no one has led the philosophic charge against miracles quite as influentially as David...
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Rumors of deception have surrounded claims of Jesus' resurrection ever since the soldiers appointed to guard his tomb made their report to the Jewish authorities. But no one has led the philosophic charge against miracles quite as influentially as David Hume with his 1748 essay "Of Miracles." Refined, revised, restated, his arguments still affect philosophic discussions of miracles today.
^^During the twentieth century, strong arguments have been raised by Antony Flew, now professor emeritus at Keele University in England. Flew has contributed a fresh statement of his objections to the idea of God's acting in history just for this volume, which also includes Hume's classic critique as a part of the case against miracles.
^^In response, Douglas Geivett and Gary Habermas have assembled a distinguished team of scholars to rebut the objections and set forth the positive case for God's action in history:
^^Richard Purtill clarifies the word miracle, while Norman Geisler critiques Hume's case against miracles. Francis Beckwith and Winfried Corduan assess how we would recognize miracles in the past and in the present. Ronald Nash examines naturalism's exclusion of miracles and shows its self-referential incoherence. J. P. Moreland discusses whether science properly rules out the possibility of miracles. God's existence and action in history are probed by David Beck and Stephen Davis, while Douglas Geivett argues that within a theistic framework it is reasonable to expect miracles as confirmation of claims to special revelation. David Clark examines miracles within the context of various world religions. Robert Newman, John Feinberg, William Lane Craig and Gary Habermas conclude by investigating fulfilled prophecy, the virgin birth and incarnation of Jesus, the empty tomb, and the resurrection appearances.
^^In Defense of Miracles: A Comprehensive Case for God's Action in History is a comprehensive, up-to-date discussion that should not be overlooked by anyone concerned with the current debate over miracles.^
In Defence of Miracles provides a comprehensive and up-to-date discussion which spans 250 years of debate over miracles. It is clearly written with the needs of undergraduates very much in mind.
Gary R. Habermas (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is Distinguished Research Professor and chair of the department of philosophy and theology at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is the author, co-author or editor of twenty-seven books including Resurrected? An Atheist & Deist Dialogue (with A. Flew), The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus (with M. Licona), The Risen Jesus & Future Hope; The Resurrection: Heart of New Testament Doctrine and The Resurrection: Heart of the Christian Life.
R. Douglas Geivett (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. Dr. Geivett served as the college pastor of a church in Washington and the Church of the Open Door in Southern California.
His books include Evil and the Evidence for God (Temple University Press) and (coedited with Brendan Sweetman) Contemporary Perspectives on Religious Epistemology (Oxford University Press); Faith, Film and Philosophy: Big Ideas on the Big Screen (coedited with James S. Spiegel, Intervarsity Press); In Defense of Miracles: A Comprehensive Case for God's Action in History (edited with Gary R. Habermas, Intervarsity Press)
Dr. Geivett has contributed chapters to God Matters: Readings in the Philosophy of Religion; God Under Fire; The Rationality of Theism; and Does God Exist? The Craig-Flew Debate.
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