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Apparitions, Healings, and Weeping Madonnas: Christianity and the Paranormal [Paperback]

By Lisa J. Schwebel (Author)
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Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.57"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 28, 2003
Publisher   Paulist Press
ISBN  0809142236  
EAN  9780809142231  

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Mystical events that seem to defy the laws of science have fascinated people in all places and times. Miracle healings, ghostly visitations, icons that weep, hands and feet that seem to bear the wounds of Christ are not only grist for the tabloid press but have won a cautious place in mainline belief. Astonishing nummbers of people claim to have had mystical experiences. How can we judge whether their claims are authentic or not? And if they are "real" experiences, does that mean they came from God? The present volume examines a broad range of phenomena that have been put forward as direct interventions by God in the human realm. It looks at them through the lens of theology, but it also leans on recent developments in the field of parapsychology, a discipline that studies unusual psychic abilities. The two threads of inquiry complement each other, shedding new light on the processes of religious experience and inviting a new appreciation of the human yearning for the transcendent.

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Is there a middle ground between miracles and tall tales? Here's a book to help believers in Christianity make sense of it all. In Apparitions, Healings, and Weeping Madonnas, Lisa Schwebel examines a broad variety of mystical experiences through the twin lenses of scientific and paranormal research. Her fascinating and important book sets out to record how religious people have described there "supernatural" experiences and then places these accounts within the wider context of the Christian mystical tradition. The author closely examines accounts of such seemingly "miraculous" phenomena as ghosts and apparitions, weeping icons, prophesy, healings, and visions. The author then examines what psychology and the physical sciences teach us about the phenomena of visions and miracles. She explores mystical accounts that have been reported throughout history-often without accompanying claims of divine intervention and investigates what such accounts reveal about the authenticity of mystical phenomena. Schwebel also demonstrates how research in parapsychology can provide a theoretical framework for analyzing visions and miracles. Taken together, the anecdotes and stories in this book provide compelling documentation of events that defy the teachings of modem science. And the author provides modem Christians with the knowledge that will help them to differentiate between tall tales and the truly inexplicable.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Dime Store Theology  Jun 2, 2004
This rambling discourse spends a third of the book defining the
terminolgy of the field of parapsychology. It is all downhill for
the remaing two thirds.The author jumps around and is never able
to do more than make bizarre scenaros that are used to discredit
long held beliefs.The appendix contains charts that are so useless that the reader is reminded of the college freshman trick
of filling the term paper with double spaced pages and anything that would thicken a weak report.
The author makes many timeline errors and I had the feeling that
she had not researched and verified much of the data.
Offers an enormous amount of insight  Apr 14, 2004
In Apparitions, Healings, And Weeping Madonnas: Christianity And The Paranormal, Lisa J. Schwebel (Assistant Professor of Religion, Hunter College, City University of New York), examines a broad set of phenomena that have been claimed to be direct interventions of God into the mortal realm. Looking at these various accounts from the twin points of view of theology and parapsychology, Apparitions, Healings, And Weeping Madonnas offers an enormous amount of insight, as well as providing suggestions for a reliable criteria with respect to discerning whether a vision is genuine. A thoughtfully reasoned and meticulously analyzed account that pays due respect to science and faith alike, Apparitions, Healings, And Weeping Madonnas is inherently fascinating and impressively informative reading.
Kudos for this unique book, Apparitions....  Jan 26, 2004
This book is perfect for me as a layperson who has an interest in the subject, but had known little until reading Apparitions, Healings and Weeping Madonnas. The author's style is such that she respects the reader's intelligence, while educating and informing, expanding our perspectives. This is a book that sheds light on the paranormal, no matter what one's faith. I highly recommend this book.
Inspired treatment of a fascinating topic  Jan 6, 2004
Much has been written about visitations/appearances from the Virgin Mary but none as innovative and well researched as this. The material is treated in a balanced and insightful manner but remains extremely readable.

Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in parapsychology.

Fascinating and well-researched  Dec 27, 2003
Interestingly written, fascinating research... analyzes various understandings of miraculous from the parapsychological to the psychoneuroimmunological to the theological. Really enlightening. A fresh look and a must-read for anyone interested in the religious understanding of miracles.

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