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Counterfeit Miracles: [Paperback]

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Chapters on the Cessation of the Charismata, Edward Irving and his followers, Faith Healing, and Roman Catholic Miracles.

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Studio: Banner of Truth
Pages   326
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.13" Width: 4.79" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1982
Publisher   Banner of Truth
ISBN  085151166X  
ISBN13  9780851511665  

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Phenominally written and argued  Oct 11, 2005
As a former member of the Charismatic movement, I belived that the doctrines of the charismatic movement were "obviously" Biblical and that the issue was black-and-white, and that there were few if any legitimate reasons to agree with cessationism or to question the basic tenents of the charismatic movement. If this describes you, think again! After reading this book, I will never again be able to think of the issue as "black-and-white" or Charismatic doctrines as "obviously" proven. In this book, Warfield:
1. Examines church history and various "examples" of miracles, such as "mind-cure" miracles (like those of Christian Science), Roman Catholic miracles, etc., and shows that we are in no way obligated to believe them, and that the case for these miracles is weak at best. In one particular section of the book, Warfield takes several examples of Christian "miracles" and gives examples of similar miracles being performed through other movements/factors, such as mesmerism, placebo effect, suggestion, and non-Christian religions. Warfield also critiques several miracle "movements." For example, his critique of the Christian Science movement was extremely interesting and informative; for example, Warfield shows how Christian Science is not really Christian at all, but is really a form of pantheism.
2. Shows that many of the common proof-texts of the Charismatic movement do not really support their position.
3. Shows that the Bible actually supports the cessation of the charisma.
My one point against this book: I think that Warfield's arguments on the third point are fairly strong, but could maybe a little stronger. He does an excellent job refuting his opponents' views, but his arguments for his position related to the third position could be a little more in-depth. In all fairness though I am not sure that his primary purpose was simply to write an exegetical case for cessationism, and his arguments are strong in my opinion.

I would definitly recommend this book to anyone who thinks that there is "clear" Scriptural or historical evidence for the charismatic movement, or who is dealing with the charismatic movement or has friends/family in the charismatic movement.
Even though I disagree with Warfield...a compelling argument  Jul 16, 2001
I completely do not agree with Warfield's Reformed theology that the charismata (aka - sign gifts) ceased at the canonization of the New Testament Scriptures, but I can definitely admit that he gives a good exegetical argument for his side of the theological debate. Warfield advocates a cessationist viewpoint of the miraculous and argues firmly that the miracles were only to validate the Gospel and the apostles. He also believes that God doesn't heal today and that today's church is in no need of signs and wonders. As I said, I definitely disagree with his theology, but as a student of the Bible, I can definitely appreciate other view points. The reason why I didn't give this book 5-stars is because at points in it, Warfield shows more bias than objectivity...but you can't really judge him on that. Who can EVER be 100% objective? As compelling as Warfield's argument is, always remember, there are ALWAYS two sides of EVERY debate. For those who would like to read the definitive book for the continualist side of this theological debate, read "On the Cessation of the Charismata: The Protestant Polemic on Post-Biblical Miracles" by Jon Ruthven. You'll find that Ruthven, an equally capable theologian as Warfield, counters every argument that Warfield presents. Also, try "Are Miraculous Gifts for Today", edited by Wayne Grudem. This book presents the four views of this question: Cessationist, Open but Cautious, Third Wave, and Pentecostal/Charismatic. Whatever your denominational persuasion may be, this book covers it all. Try both of these books in addition to "Counterfeit Miracles" and you'll find yourself on the way to becoming an "expert" on the debate.
An intellectualy challenging, well-made case  May 23, 2001
In this book, B.B. Warfield, a conservative theologian at Princeton who died in the early 19th century, makes an good case for the cessation of the charismata (Greek for "spiritual gifts"). This is a classic, and a must read for those interested in the topic. The book is a fairly difficult read, given the way Warfield skips around from viewpoint to contrasting viewpoint, but it is incredibly interesting and I highly recommend it. I bought mine at a local bookstore, and it cost me $10, so their price looks reasonable.
Very Challenging  Mar 14, 2001
B.B. Warfield was widely regarded as the most able conservative theologian of his generation in the English-speaking world. He applies his characteristic Biblical thoroughness and clear-headed rigor to this topic, with very challenging results. He changed my mind on several issues he addresses. Overall, very good.
Warfield's Counterfeit Miracles: Definitive for Cessationism  Dec 29, 2000
Warfield's Counterfeit Miracles (CM) stands today as the definitive statement of cessationism (the doctrine that certain "miraculous"--as opposed to non-miraculous--spiritual gifts died with the apostles). However, when CM was first published in 1918, it received tepid reviews, though it later became more prominent among those opposing Pentecostalism and the charismatic movement--a movement that has now grown to over a half a billion world wide. Warfield's attack on continuing spiritual gifts is overwhelmingly based on historical arguments, that is, arguments from "experiences," rather than being founded on a systematic biblical case. This is odd, since the whole purpose of cessationism is to defend the authority of scripture. Warfield's thesis ultimately fails, however, because he misunderstands the idea of "evidence" of New Testament miracles. That is, to Warfield they exist only to prove doctrine, and, having done that must cease. But just as a physician might "use" a heartbeat to prove someone is alive, must he then insist that the heart must stop beating after the stethoscope is removed? So with NT spiritual gifts: they might "prove" the presence of the Spirit, but that is not their central function, which explicitly from Scripture, is to build up the church.

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