Miracles by David L. Weddle
Wonder and Meaning in World Religions

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 Despite the dominance of scientific explanation in the modern world, at the beginning of the twenty-first century faith in miracles remains strong, particularly in resurgent forms of traditional religion. In  Miracles, David L. Weddle examines how five religious traditions—Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam—understand miracles, considering how they express popular enthusiasm for wondrous tales, how they provoke official regulation because of their potential to disrupt authority, and how they are denied by critics within each tradition who regard belief in miracles as an illusory distraction from moral responsibility. In dynamic and accessible prose, Weddle shows us what miracles are, what they mean, and why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, they are still significant today: belief in miracles sustains the hope that, if there is a reality that surpasses our ordinary lives, it is capable of exercising—from time to time—creative, liberating, enlightening, and healing power in our world.

 

About David L. Weddle

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David L. Weddle is the David and Lucile Packard Professor at Colorado College and the author of The Law as Gospel: Revival and Reform in the Theology of Charles G. Finney.
 
Published July 9, 2010 by NYU Press reference. 268 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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A professor at Colorado College, Weddle (The Law as Gospel) examines the stories of miracles among the gurus, rebbes, bodhisattvas, saints, and imams of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam through the centuries.

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