The Question of the Supernatural
and the Christian Response: A Good God Who Intervenes in Jesus

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General Accounts of the Supernatural

* Martha Beck, Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic

* Melanthia Mitchell, Teen Found Alive 8 Days After Wreck (Associated Press, Oct 12, 2004)

* MSNBC News, Grandfather Kills Leopard With Bare Hands (MSNBC, June 22, 2005)

* Benedict Carey, A Neuroscientific Look at Speaking in Tongues (NY Times, Nov 7, 2006)

* David Bentley Hart, Mysteries of Consciousness (First Things, Aug 20, 2010)

* Tim Adams, Lorna Byrne: 'I Believe in Angels' Interview (Guardian, Dec 1, 2012)

* Sam Parnia, Erasing Death: The Science That is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death (NPR, Feb 20, 2013)

* Sylvia A. Harvey, Vodou is Like a Gun (And That's How You Spell It) (Salon, Mar 9, 2013)

* Steve Taylor, Do Psychic Phenomena Exist? (Psychology Today, Apr 16, 2014)

* Mario Beauregard, Near Death, Explained (Salon, Apr 21, 2014)

* M. Molly Backes, My Cousin is Not a Hero (Medium, Jul 25, 2014), a demonstration that personal crises can be interpreted cruelly, and hedonistically

* Meghan Daum, I Nearly Died. So What? (NY Times, Nov 14, 2014), a demonstration that personal crises can be interpreted in many ways

* Meghan Daum, For One Essayist, "The Unspeakable" Isn't Off Limits (NPR, Nov 16, 2014), an interview about how death and dying meant nothing transcendent

* Eric Metaxas, Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life (book, Oct 2014; Amazon page)

* T.M. Luhrmann, When Things Happen That You Can't Explain (NY Times, Mar 5, 2015)

* Lisa Miller, Why Kids Need Spirituality (NY Magazine, Apr 16, 2015)

* Orion Jones, What's After Death? People Who've Died Explain (BigThink, Apr 22, 2015)

* Andrew Pinsent, Are Miracles Rational? (Slate, Jul 14, 2015)

* Stephen Barr, Has Science Subsumed the Miraculous? (Slate, Jul 14, 2015)

 

Christian Accounts of the Supernatural

* T.F. Torrance, The Grammar and Ground of Theology (audio lecture, 1981) on how Christian theology impacted & was impacted by scientific thought; critique of the Newtonian theory that the universe is a closed system

* Nancy Gibbs, Angels Among Us (Time Dec 27, 1993)

* In Search of Angels (Life, Dec 1, 1995)

* Grzegorz Gorn, Abortionist Turned Pro-Life Apostle: The True Story of Stojan Adasevic (Love One Another magazine, Jan 2004)

* Melanthia Mitchell, Teen Found Alive 8 Days After Wreck (Associated Press, Oct 12, 2004)

* Curt Schilling post game quotes (Major League Baseball, Oct 20, 2004)

* Richard Gallagher, Among the Many Counterfeits, a Case of Demonic Possession (Sott, Mar 8, 2008)

* Richard Shumack, Miracles, Mary, and Modern Belief (Centre for Public Christianity, Oct 26, 2010)

* Candy Gunther Brown, et.al., "Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Proximal Intercessory Prayer (STEPP) on Auditory and Visual Impairments in Rural Mozambique" (Southern Medical Journal, Sep 9, 2010)

* Candy Gunther Brown, Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing (book, 2011)

* Eben Alexander, Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey Into the Afterlife (Oct 2012)

* Muslims Turn to Coptic Priest for Exorcism (youtube video, date unknown)

* David Sessions, Is Hell Real? (The Daily Beast, Feb 8, 2013)

* Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, My Train Wreck Conversion: As a leftist lesbian professor, I despised Christians, then become one (Christianity Today, Feb 7, 2013)

* Mary Poplin, Radical Feminist, Radical Womanist, Radical Love: What Mother Teresa Taught Me About Social Justice (Veritas Forum, Mar 4, 2009)

* Kellie "Red", 11 Years Old, and Celebrating Therese's Birthday for the Very First Time (Patheos blog, Nov 24, 2013)

* Drafted: Why Chris Norman Said No to the NFL (video)

* David Bentley Hart, Beauty, Being, and Kenosis: The Aesthetics of the Incarnation (video, May 14, 2013)

* Reknew, Why Doesn't God Make Himself More Obvious? (Reknew blog, May 23, 2014)

* Joe Kovacs, Fox News Atheist Democrat: I Met Jesus (WND Media, Dec 4, 2013) and this

* Lisa Sharon Harper, The Power of Fasting (Sojourners blog, Dec 16, 2013)

* Viralnova Entertainment, Ricardo Bofill's Renovation of an Old, Shut-Down Cement Factory (Viralnova, Dec 18, 2013) - a parable

* CBN, Ghost Hunter Comes Face to Face with Demon, Calls on Christ (Charisma News, Jan 2, 2014)

* Rob Kerby, Twelve Absolutely Amazing Miracles (Beliefnet)

* Nabeel Qureshi, Christ Called Me Off the Minaret: Through investigations, dreams, and visions, Jesus asked me to forsake my Muslim family (Christianity Today, Jan 8, 2014)

* James Choung, Just Get Out of the Way (blog, Jan 9, 2014)

* Marisa Kwiatkowski, The Dispossession of Latoya Ammons (IndyStar, Jan 25, 2014)

* Rod Dreher, The Boy Who Was Possessed Remembers (The American Conservative, Jan 29, 2014)

* Ed Stetzer, An Interview with Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History, on Global Christianity (Christianity Today, Mar 21, 2014)

* Jeff Markin's Back to Life Miracle (Faithtap)

* T.M. Luhrmann, To Dream in Different Cultures (NY Times, May 14, 2014)

* Guillaume Bignon, From Staunch Atheist to Christian Theologian (Premier Christianity, Oct 2014)

* Ed Mazza, Starbucks Exorcism Caught on Video in Austin, Texas (Huffington Post, Nov 14, 2014)

* Emily Tess Katz, Martin Pistorius, Author Of 'Ghost Boy', Describes The Experience Of Turning To God In His Vegetative State (Huffington Post, Feb 3, 2015)

* Rod Dreher, The Epistemology of Imagination (The American Conservative, Mar 5, 2015)

* David Bentley Hart and Lawrence Feingold, The Natural Desire to See God (video, Mar 23, 2015)

* Mark Ellis, Holy Spirit Tells Kundalini Yoga Instructor 'I Have Something Else for You to Do' (Charisma News, Apr 20, 2015)

* Aidan Kimel, If God is Being, Does Prayer Make Sense? (Eclectic Orthodoxy blog, May 25, 2015) 

* Leah Marieann Klett, Violent ISIS Fighter Converts to Christianity After Encountering Jesus Christ in Powerful Dream (Gospel Herald Ministries, Jun 3, 2015)

* Nicola Menzie, ISIS Fighter Who 'Enjoyed' Killing Christians Wants to Follow Jesus After Dreaming of Man in White Who Told Him 'You Are Killing My People' (Christian Post, Jun 3, 2015)

* WebTV, Reporter Breaks Down as Mourners Sing Outside Scene of Charleston Shooting (youtube video, Jun 21, 2015)

* Annika Mongan, Born-Again Witch: Witches at a Pentecostal Church (Patheos, Jul 13, 2015)

* Craig F. Keener, The Ubiquity of Miracles (Slate, Jul 14, 2015)

* Owen Gingerich, Does God Intervene in the World? (Slate, Jul 14, 2015)

* Susan Grove Eastman, Personal Miracles: A View From St. Paul and the Cognitive Sciences (Slate, Jul 14, 2015)

* Alister McGrath, A Deeper Vision of Nature: C.S. Lewis on Miracles (Slate, Jul 14, 2015)

* Greg Boyd, Why Doesn't God Heal When We Ask? (ReKnew blog, Jul 15, 2015)

* Rod Dreher, Resistance to Grace (The American Conservative, Dec 2, 2015)

* Kate Bowler, Death, the Prosperity Gospel, and Me (NY Times, Feb 13, 2016)

* Anne Marie Gazzolo, Guardian Angels of the Quest: Frodo, Sam, and the Valar (The Fellowship of the King blog, Mar 5, 2016)

* Richard Gallagher, As a Psychiatrist, I Diagnose Mental Illness.  And Sometimes, Demonic Possession (Washington Post, Jul 1, 2016)

* Rachel Ray, Leading U.S. Exorcists Explain Huge Increase in Demand for the Rite - and Priests to Carry Them Out (Telegraph UK, Sep 26, 2016)

* Rod Dreher, On Time: Arrival (The American Conservative, Nov 24, 2016)

* Brendan Buse, Grace Enough: Andrew Garfield on the Ignatian Journey That Led Him Through 'Silence' (America Magazine, Jan 10, 2017) led him to appreciate Jesus

* Giuseppe Nardi, "The Jihadist Couldn't Behead Me and Asked: 'Who Are You?'" -- The Witness of Abuna Nirwan (The Eponymous Flower, May 19, 2017)

 

Making Sense of the Supernatural

The Trinity: Can Other Gods Be Personally Known?

Weird Coincidences, Supernatural Events, Funny Feelings - Is That You God?

How Our Choices Shape Our Desires:  Humanity Experiencing the Triune God

The Happy Ending - Will it Happen to Me?  To Us?

Does Prayer Change God?

God's Four Responses to Prayer (and ppts)

Suffering and the Sovereignty of God's Word

Why Don't All Good Prayers Get Answered?

Miracles and the Supernatural Outside of Christian Contexts

Helpful Books and Articles

* C.S. Lewis, "Meditation in a Toolshed", the difference between "looking at" and "looking along"

* C.S. Lewis, "The Weight of Glory" and "Transposition" from The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses

* C.S. Lewis, "The Efficacy of Prayer" from The World's Last Night

* C.S. Lewis, "On the Obstinacy of Belief" from The World's Last Night

* C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain 

* C.S. Lewis, Miracles

* Ron Tacelli, SJ, Divine Hiddenness: Pascalean Reflections

* Kallistos Ware, Personal Experience of the Holy Spirit According to the Greek Fathers (Silouan Thompson blog, Aug 5, 2008)

* T.M. Luhrmann, Addicted to Prayer? (NY Times, Aug 3, 2013)

* Kevin Allen, Unique Characteristics of Eastern Orthodox Spirituality (Conciliar Post, Apr 16, 2015)

* BEC Crew, Space and Time and an Illusion (Science Alert, Apr 28, 2015)

* J. Davila-Ashcroft, The Holy Angels (Paleo-Orthodoxy, Jul 28, 2016)

  

The Unexplained Miracle:  Biblical Israel

The Uniqueness of the Jewish People and Jewish Thought

Does the Bible Have Evidence of God's Design?  A Sociological Glance at the Torah

The Trinity: Can Other Gods Be Personally Known?

Jewish and Christian Views of the Messiah

The Qumran Community: A Proto-Christian Sect and What It Means for Jewish-Christian Relations

Stories and Spirituality: How the God Engages Human Evil (chart)

Why Did God Choose a "Chosen People"?  Why Not Just Skip Right to Jesus? (one document)

* Reason #1: To Be a Microcosm of All Humanity, Not a Race or Ethnicity

* Reason #2: To Live by God's Word and Hope for a Happy Ending

* Reason #3: To Diagnose the Evil Internal to Human Nature

* Reason #4: To Suffer on Behalf of the World

* Reason #5: To Document the Diagnosis

* Reason #6: To Anticipate God's Dwelling Within People

* Reason #7: To Oppose Pagan Temple Systems and Glimpse the Trinity

* Reason #8: To Anticipate the Messiah and His Mission

Helpful books and articles:

* Gordon Hugenberger, The Historicity of the Bible

* N.T. Wright, How Can the Bible Be Authoritative? (1989, 1991)

* Frank Moore Cross, From Epic to Canon: History and Literature in Ancient Israel (1998)

* Kevin D. Miller, Did the Exodus Never Happen? (Christianity Today, Sep 7, 1998)

* James K. Hoffmeier, Israel in Egypt: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition (1999)

* James K. Hoffmeier, Ancient Israel in Sinai: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Wilderness Tradition (2005)

* Kenneth A. Kitchen, On the Reliability of the Old Testament (2006)

* Ben Witherington, The Relationship of the OT to the NT According to John Chrysostom (blog, Aug 28, 2007)

* Roger Isaacs, Passover In Egypt: Did the Exodus Really Happen? (Huffington Post, Apr 9, 2011)

* Annette Gordon-Reid, Slavery's Shadow: Historians' Problems with Slave Narratives (New Yorker, Oct 23, 2013) and my reflection on the socio-political context of biblical narrative

* C.D. Elledge with Olivia Yeo, Rethinking the "Qumran Community": Recent Approaches (ASOR blog, Dec 13, 2013)

* James Wood, Why? The Fictions of Life and Death (The New Yorker, Dec 9, 2013) on why stories and especially the novel wrestles with death - removing the story as a literary form from its original theological context (Hebrew biblical narrative) only leaves a deeply unsettling, emotional question:  why?

* Brian Zahnd, My Problem with the Bible (blog, Feb 17, 2014)

* Sarah Knapton, Scientists: Noah's Ark Would Have Floated With 70,000 Animals If Built By Dimensions In The Bible (Business Insider, Apr 3, 2014)

* Peter Enns, N.T. Wright on Jesus, Adam, Paul, and Hermeneutics (youtube video, May 23, 2014)

 

The Decisive Moment:  Jesus of Nazareth

The Trinity: Can Other Gods Be Personally Known?

Weird Coincidences, Supernatural Events, Funny Feelings - Is That You God?

The Resurrection of Jesus:  Its Historicity and Meaning

The Gospel of John: In Him is Life (studies in the Gospel of John)

Is There Hard Historical Evidence That Jesus Was Fairly Amazing?

Christian Mysticism: Have We Been Missing Something?

For more information, please see:

* The Question of Evil and the Christian Response: Jesus' New Humanity

* The Question of God's Goodness and the Christian Response: The Trinity

* The Question of Proof and the Christian Response:  Four Areas of Knowledge  

Helpful books and articles:

* Randall Collins, Jesus in Interaction: The Micro-Sociology of Charisma (blog, Apr 12, 2014)

* Rachel Marie Stone, What One of the Anti-Vaccination Movement's Least Favorite Doctors Discovered About Jesus (Washington Post, Apr 13, 2015)

* Rod Dreher, Resistance to Grace (The American Conservative, Dec 2, 2015)

 

 

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