Books Should Be Free is now
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

Miracles and Supernatural Religion   By: (1833-1920)

Book cover

First Page:

MIRACLES

AND

SUPERNATURAL RELIGION

BY JAMES MORRIS WHITON, PH.D. (YALE)

Portentum non fit contra naturam, sed contra quam est nota natura AUGUSTINE

New York THE MACMILLAN COMPANY LONDON: MACMILLAN & CO., LTD. 1903

All rights reserved

COPYRIGHT, 1903, BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.

Set up, electrotyped, and published May, 1903.

Norwood Press J. S. Cushing & Co. Berwick & Smith Co. Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.

Transcriber's Note:

Minor typographical errors have been corrected without note. Variant spellings have been retained. {=e} represents e with upper macron.

To

M. B. W.

PREFATORY NOTE

While the present subject of discussion tempts to many an excursion into particulars, its treatment is restricted to general outlines, with an aim simply to clarify current ideas of miracle and the supernatural, so as to find firm holding ground for tenable positions in the present "drift period" of theology. The chief exception made to this general treatment is the discussion given to a class of miracles regarded with as much incredulity as any, yet as capable as any of being accredited as probably historical events the raisings of the "dead." The insistence of some writers on the virgin birth and corporeal resurrection of Jesus as essential to Christianity has required brief discussion of these also, mainly with reference to the reasonableness of that demand. As to the latter miracle, it must be observed that in the Biblical narratives taken as a whole, whichever of their discordant features one be disposed to emphasize, the psychical element clearly preponderates over the physical and material.

J. M. W. NEW YORK, April 11, 1903.

CONTENTS

PAGE INTRODUCTORY 13

THE ARGUMENT

I

The gradual narrowing of the miraculous element in the Bible by recent discovery and discussion. The alarm thereby excited in the Church. The fallacy which generates the fear. The atheistic conception of nature which generates the fallacy. The present outgrowing of this conception. 25

II

The present net results of the discussion of the miraculous element in the Bible. Evaporation of the former evidential value of miracles. Further insistence on this value a logical blunder. The transfer of miracles from the artillery to the baggage of the Church. Probability of a further reduction of the list of miracles. Also of a further transfer of events reputed miraculous to the domain of history. 37

III

Arbitrary criticism of the Biblical narratives of the raising of the "dead." Facts which it ignores. The subject related to the phenomena of trance, and records of premature burial. The resuscitation in Elisha's tomb probably historical. Jesus' raising of the ruler's daughter plainly such a case. His raising of the widow's son probably such. The hypothesis that his raising of Lazarus may also have been such critically examined. The record allows this supposition. Further considerations favoring it: 1. The supposition threatens no real interest of Christianity. 2. Enhances the character of the act as a work of mercy. 3. Is independent of the belief of the witnesses of the act. 4. Is coherent with the general conception of the healing works of Jesus as wrought by a peculiar psychical power. Other cases. The resurrection of Jesus an event in a wholly different order of things... Continue reading book >>




eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book



Popular Genres
More Genres
Languages
Paid Books