If you have been following this blog for the last week or so, you know that I have been reviewing Christian Bible scholar, Craig Keener’s book entitled, “Miracles”, in which Keener gives page after page of modern miracle claims in two thick volumes. This book was recommended to me by Christian apologist Nick Peters of Theology Web. Nick repeatedly uses the alleged miracles in Keener’s book as support for the probability of the greatest alleged Christian miracle: the Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Nick asserts that if so many miracles are happening today, why should we doubt Jesus’ miracles in the Gospels?
I think his argument is a canard.
I left the comment below on Theology Web:
Dear Protestant friends:
Would you go to a stock broker who tried to push a stock on you to purchase that he himself hadn’t purchased? Would you take his advice on anything? So why listen to someone who is pushing the reality of the claims of modern faith-healers when he himself does not attend a Church that believes in faith healers??
Nick doesn’t attend a Pentecostal, Roman Catholic, or Orthodox church. He attends a LUTHERAN church. Other than the Calvinists, you can’t get much more anti-faith healer than the Lutherans. I recommend we not believe Nick’s claims of modern faith healing until Nick puts his money where his mouth is!
I believe that Nick is using Keener’s unsubstantiated, anecdotal, third-hand at best miracle claims as a canard. He doesn’t really believe them. He just wants to use them to prop up his weak argument for the Resurrection.
My Protestant friends: Get out your history books. Take a look at western society prior to Martin Luther. It was a THREE-RING CIRCUS! Practically every church on the planet, Catholic or Orthodox, had a relic or an icon with magical powers. Some churches claimed to have nails from the cross; the blood that was mopped up at the foot of the cross; thorns from the crown of thorns; and of course, Jesus’ burial clothes. So many churches claimed to have pieces of the cross itself that you could have constructed a two story house from all the wood! Multiple churches claimed to have the baby teeth, hair, and foreskin of Jesus! Magic tricks and relic shows were on every street corner!
Do you really want to turn western society back into that kind of a mystical/hocus-pocus carnival side show??
Well that is what Keener and his fellow charismatics are tying to accomplish. They want to overturn rational thinking with magic and hocus pocus. They want to find something mystical under every rock and wood pile. They want to turn the art of healing into an hysteria-driven, holy-roller spectacle.
Believe in the miracles of Jesus by faith, my Protestant friends, but don’t buy this unscientific, third-hand, anecdotal, Pentecostal nonsense, that Keener and Nick are peddling!