An Investigation Into the Phenomenon of Modern-Day Miracle Healings in Christianity: A Philosophical and Empirical Synthesis

145 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2020

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Yoshija Walter

University of Bern, Institute for Organization and Personnel IOP; University of Bern - Faculty of Theology; University of Fribourg, Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience

Date Written: December 18, 2019

Abstract

This is a discussion about the modern-day phenomenon of miracle claims in Christianity. It takes up the daring task of analyzing the validity of such claims and does so by discussing medically documented cases of so-believed miracle healings which have been effected by intercessory prayer. These cases are weighed by three different explanatory models: naturalism, transnaturalism and supernaturalism. To the author, a supernaturalistic interpretative grid seems to be warranted. Pro's and con's of each model are discussed in light of the presented cases.

Keywords: miracles, healings, medical, miracle healings, documented, prayer, supernaturalism, case studies, empirical, qualitative, philosophy, synthesis

JEL Classification: Z12

Suggested Citation

Walter, Yoshija, An Investigation Into the Phenomenon of Modern-Day Miracle Healings in Christianity: A Philosophical and Empirical Synthesis (December 18, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3506082 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3506082

Yoshija Walter (Contact Author)

University of Bern, Institute for Organization and Personnel IOP

Engehaldenstrasse 4
Bern, Bern 3007
Switzerland

University of Bern - Faculty of Theology ( email )

Switzerland

University of Fribourg, Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience

Bd de Pérolles 90
Fribourg, 1700
Switzerland

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