Interpreting Christic Visions and Apparitions

Phillip H. Wiebe

in Visions of Jesus

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780195126693
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853366 | DOI:
Interpreting Christic Visions and Apparitions

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Christic visions are evidently more common than is ordinarily believed, although a lack of documentation currently makes this conclusion improvable. Christic visions seem to occur to people who are unlikely to be classified as “saints,” and who would resist being described in that way. The visions often occur quite spontaneously, rather than being generated by deliberate efforts to produce them through fasting, oxygen deprivation, focused meditation, or other similar techniques. The relationship between contemporary Christic visions and the phenomena that appear to lie behind the New Testament (NT) writings is unclear. However, the sharp distinction between NT appearances and visions commonly made by Christian theologians is questionable. This chapter outlines the conditions under which a theory of transcendence might be considered a tentative explanation for the Christic visionary experience and offers suggestions for further research.

Keywords: Jesus; Christic apparitions; Christic visions; visionary experience; transcendence; New Testament

Chapter.  4449 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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