A Review of Craig Keener’s "Miracles", Part 13


Just read chapter 12 of “Miracles”: Now we’ve gotten to the good stuff. Stories of dozens, and maybe hundreds, of blind regaining their sight, the lame regaining their ability to walk, and even the dead coming back to life…all after prayers to Jesus. 

Yet…

everyday…

…thousands of little children, all over the world die miserable, painful, horrific, unspeakable, deaths from disease, starvation, child abuse, and war…while the loving Lord Jesus, all-powerful Ruler of the Universe, watches from his throne in Heaven…and does nothing…day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, decade after decade, century after century, millennia after millennia…

Sick.

Keener admits that the purpose of his book is NOT to investigate miracle claims with the same professionalism that a scientist or medical expert would examine a claim. He expressly states, multiple times, that he has two goals in writing his book:

1. Demonstrate that there are “hundreds of millions” of people who claim to be eyewitnesses to miracles.
2. The vast quantity of eyewitness claims suggest that divine causality should be considered a viable explanation.

That’s it.

So Keener is not trying to prove any particular miracle claim. He is simply arguing for the probability of miracles based on sheer numbers of claims based on eyewitness testimony, a la, anecdotal claims. Not good enough, folks. Maybe this is good enough for poorly educated, mass audiences of believers, but it is not good enough for experts in the field. The fact remains that science and medicine have not established as fact, with any investigation of any of these hundreds of millions of miracle claims, that prayer can cure cancer, give sight to the blind, make the lame walk, or raise the dead.

Either science and medicine are involved in the greatest cover-up known to man-kind, or the evidence for these hundreds of millions of claims is not convincing.

In addition, the fact that so many innocent children suffer horrific deaths every day must call into question the existence of a benevolent God who performs miracle cures to demonstrate his powers. Put it all together, and the evidence points to the non-existence of a miracle-producing, benevolent deity.

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