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The God of Miracles: An Exegetical Examination of God's Action in the World [Paperback]

By C. John Collins (Author)
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Part of the debate over God's existence centers on questions about the possibility and "provability" of miracles. In this groundbreaking work, Dr. C. John Collins provides a thorough exegetical foundation for discussing God's action in the world within the framework of biblical Christian theology. He begins by presenting and contrasting the options within traditional Christian theism. He then explores the biblical passages that support a classically theistic foundation and relates these results to the philosophical theological, scientific, and apologetic questions that this rises. In so doing, he effectively takes on the God-of-the-gaps position and answers with a persuasive "yes" the crucial question of whether it is intellectually responsible to embrace the biblical view of God's action in the world.

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Part of the debate over God's existence centers on questions about the possibility and provability of miracles. In this ground-breaking work, Dr. C. John Collins provides a thorough exegetical foundation for discussing God's action in the world within the framework of biblical Christian theology. He begins by presenting and contrasting the options within traditional Christian theism. Collins then explores the biblical passages that support a classically theistic foundation and relates these results to the corresponding philosophical, theological, scientific, and apologetic questions that it raises. By bringing together what the Bible teaches about miracles; nature, cause, and special divine action, Collins effectively takes on the God-of-the-gaps position and answers with a persuasive yes the crucial question of whether it is intellectually responsible to embrace the biblical view of God's action in the world What Christian scholars are saying about The God of Miracles: In showing that the Bible affirms a meaningful distinction between natural processes and God's special discreet or miraculous action, and that God does act to affect material conditions and events within a natural order that He otherwise sustains and upholds, Collins answers an important theological objection to the legitimacy of the contemporary theory of intelligent design. -Stephen C. Meyer, Ph.D., Director, Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture, Discovery Institute This is a first-rate, painstaking study of the theological landscape relevant to God's action in the world. From now on, anyone wishing to talk about divine action in a theologically responsible way will have to make reference to the theses and arguments of this book. -J. P. Moreland, Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University Collins offers one of the most comprehensive and insightful sets of replies to those who dispute the biblical claim that God miraculously acts to affect conditions and events in His creation. This is for anyone wanting to evaluate the strength of the evidence for the God of the Bible. -Hugh Ross, President, Reasons to Believe Collins' integration of theological and scientific insights gives Christians a remarkable tool for answering scientific rationalism and theological variance from the Bible's proclamation of a God who is powerful and present. This is not a book for the intellectually faint-of-heart; but if our culture is reading Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan, and Stephen J. Gould, Christians need to read Collins. -Bryan Chapell, President, Covenant Theological Seminary This unfailingly biblical and orthodox treatment of miracles will help believers express God's power and goodness to a world deeply confused over these issues. -Paul R. House, Professor of Biblical Studies, Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry

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Studio: Crossway Books
Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 26, 2000
Publisher   Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN  1581341415  
ISBN13  9781581341416  


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C. John Collins (PhD, University of Liverpool) is professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He has been a research engineer, church-planter, and teacher. He was the Old Testament Chairman for the English Standard Version Bible and is author of The God of Miracles, Science and Faith: Friends or Foes?, and Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Literary, and Theological Commentary. He and his wife have two grown children.



C. John Collins was born in 1954.

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Should Scientific Gaps be with Filled with a Philosophy of Naturalism or Theism?  Jun 21, 2006
Part of the debate over the existence of God centers on questions about the possibility and "provability" of miracles. In this groundbreaking work, Dr. C. John Collins provides a thorough exegetical foundation for discussing God's action in the world within the framework of biblical Christian theology.

Collins begins by presenting and contrasting the options within traditional Christian theism. Supernaturalism "affirms the reality of God's action in both the `natural events' (created things upheld by divine preservation and concurrence) and the `supernatural' ones (qualitatively special divine action)." (pg. 123) God's actions are typically not detectable until He performs miracles and expresses his "potenta absoluta or creative power." Providentialism would be embraced by the "theistic evolutionist" who believes that God acted as a First Cause to set up the laws of nature to act and create, unbroken, throughout the history of the universe. Occasionalism views the laws of nature as the normal divine activity of God in the natural world, and a "miracle" simply implies that God intended something different to occur than He normally intends to occur.

He then explores the biblical passages that support a classically theistic foundation and relates these results to the philosophical, theological, scientific, and apologetic questions that this raises. Descriptions of events like the Virgin birth of Christ challenge both providentialism and occasionalism. For example, in the book of Matthew, Joseph is told in a dream, "Don't be afraid to take Mary your wife; for what is begotten in her is from the Holy Spirit." Such non-naturalist events clearly negate providentialism. And occasionalism is challenged here because "it is precisely because the miracles of Jesus are often emblematic of the coming of salvation that a supernaturalistic description of them is so suitable." (pg. 125)

Collins also effectively takes on the God-of-the-gaps position and answers with a persuasive "yes" the crucial question of whether it is intellectually responsible to embrace the biblical view of God's action in the world. Collins poses a difficult question: if supernaturalism is a correct view of God's actions in the history of the human race, is it appropriate to similarly apply such a view to origins? From his biblical exegesis, Collins notes that humans are made in the "image of God" which implies a detectable discontinuity between humans and animals. As Collins explains, sometimes inferences to design are the best explanation for various aspects of nature which bear the marks of intelligence, for "[n]o one expects that knowing more about rocks will change that inference [that Stonehenge was designed]." (pg. 171) Given reliable methods from Dembski and Behe for detecting design in biology, perhaps it is naturalism which is inappropriately filling many gaps for many scientists.

This book is a necessary read for those interested in the questions of what God's two books (nature and the Bible) have to say about if and when God acts in the world.
 
Excellent overview and Biblical exegesis  Mar 25, 2002
In this book, Dr. Collins (currently Professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis) provides an overview and an exegetical study of the theology of Miracles. It is written for a Christian audience addressing primarily the question of what constitutes the best Biblical view of miracles.

The book begins with a summary of the various views of God and His ongoing work in the creation. Both Christian and non-Christian views are presented, with a primary focus on three traditional Christian perspectives: providentialism, supernaturalism, and occasionalism. In the Biblical exegesis portion of the text, Collins attempts to demonstrate that the supernaturalist view is most consistent with a variety of Biblical texts. Finally, the relevance of this material to the scientific study or origins is presented. In particular, the Intelligent Design approach to the science of origins found to be consistent with the supernaturalist view of God's work in His creation.

This book is concise and well written, and summarizes opposing views in a fair fashion even while holding forth a particular position. It's contribution to the field is unique both in terms of Biblical exegesis and in the breadth of rival (Christian) views covered. The book's subject is clearly relevant to "science and faith" issues, and is recommended as background for anyone studying in that arena.

 

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