George I. Mavrodes

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780195331356
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

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The idea of the miraculous, and reports of miracles, are prominent elements in some religions. Christianity is one of those religions. This article discusses this idea primarily in the context of Christianity, though much of it applies to its occurrence in the other theistic religions. From the very beginning, accounts of the life of Jesus seem to include miraculous elements. In the four Gospels that are now part of the New Testament, Jesus is reported as having done many strange and amazing things. Most of these involve the healing of various diseases and disabilities, many of them apparently of long standing. There are also other incidents, such as walking on water, calming a storm, and changing water into wine at a wedding feast, that do not involve healings. There is at least one striking case of a resurrection attributed to Jesus, the raising of Lazarus (John, ch. 11). And finally there is the miracle that, for many Christians anyway, overshadows all of these others in importance. That is the resurrection of Jesus himself several days after his death by crucifixion.

Keywords: Christianity; miracles; theistic religions; resurrection of Jesus; crucifixion; New Testament

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Philosophy of Religion ; Metaphysics

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