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The Case for Miracles: A Defense of God's Action in the World [Paperback]

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Methodological naturalism is best described by the thesis that only natural features can be factored into any legitimate explanation and that any attempt to explain natural phenomena by appealing to the supernatural is unscientific and illegitimate. This book argues that there is nothing inherently problematic about appealing to supernatural agency in the attempt to explain select phenomena in nature. Reputable philosophers of the ancient and medieval periods, as well as prominent scientists of the early modern era, invoked supernatural agency in their attempts to understand nature. For them, miraculous intervention in nature by a supernatural agent was not unreasonable. However, the supernaturalistic world view has been replaced by methodological naturalism. The assumptions of two pivotal figuresaDavid Hume and Charles Darwinabrought about this change. This book shows that this change was motivated by unscientific means. Hence the change is itself inconsistent with the assumptions of methodological naturalism.

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Studio: PublishAmerica
Pages   276
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.62"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 13, 2007
Publisher   PublishAmerica
ISBN  142419248X  
ISBN13  9781424192489  

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Miracles are a Reality ; Methodological Naturalism is Something Not Near Enough !!  Dec 19, 2007

Since Charles Darwin and David Hume to the likes of Antony Flew, Richard Dawkins and their students, methodological naturalism has often threatened the belief in God and miracles in many ways. Beliefs in the supernatural events in human society have often been impossible due to lack of historical and rational foundations. These, among others, have been the epistemic claims from which the naturalists have advanced this anti-realistic notion against the existence of entities beyond natural laws. That is, it has been assumed for so long for the sake of discussions and scholarship that miracles are events for which no totally natural explanation could be forthcoming. Yet the scientific claim that every event in the world must be explained within the spheres of scientific knowledge is limited in scope. Thus, methodological supernaturalism has nothing to offer to man's deepest questions of this life and beyond.

This book states that scientific explanations are not near enough to explain the nature and the source of all events in the world. Therefore a response to atheism passé is not so immediate here, but "The Case for Miracles" is presented in the form of powerful clarifications and replies to the skeptics and agnostics who doubt and ask, whether God can be known as one who acts in this world, as opposed to the naturalists' worldviews that such events are limited instead to the laws within nature itself. Thus "The Case for Miracles", is properly "A Defense of God's Action in the World", against methodological naturalists' crusades against supernatural events.

Many books have been written for the defense of God's action in the world, yet very few of them have escaped from the usual plethora of faulty arguments typical of those without proper knowledge of metaphysics and epistemology. Considering how crucial historical method is to the issues of miracles, the inclusion of notable minds in history such as from the Pre-Socratic periods to Plato, Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas etc, and few others living today, make Okello's book legible for those interested in the reality of miracles from philosophical and historical perspectives.

This book includes many points of actual miracle-accounts from the Middle Ages to early-modern eras addressed in good details with clear evangelical Christian underpinnings. Indeed serious readers would not be disappointed if these were some of the essential items and mood they expected such a brilliant book to include and maintain. Dr Okello's explanations of "miracles" distinguishing it from "magics" and mere chance happenstances, are a proper model for the belief and justification of the reality of miracles as the work of the living God. An analysis of medieval and modern miracle accounts presented indicate that Dr Okello's methods are consistent with the reality of proper supernaturalism.

This is one of the very best that contemporary Christian apologetics can offer on this subject, particularly in the way it integrates the works and arguments of all the leading Christian scholars today with its claims. Since the book contains exemplary endnotes and bibliographical references, it beckons its readers to search for more arguments to affirm for themselves the trustworthiness of Dr Okello's proclamation; that God, though outside space and time, interacts constantly and intimately with his creation.

The Kenyan Christian philosopher also has not left his readers without bringing up this one special event into memory, in fact an actual historical event, namely, that God raised the man Jesus of Nazareth from the dead. While methodological naturalists would still argue their case against supernaturalism in vain, the resurrection of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, as the chief of all miracles, must still stand as the only unmovable point of reference from which man should view both the physical and spiritual universes, so as to respond appropriately to questions regarding human origin and destiny.

George Ouma,M.Div; and M.A:Phil.student,
Talbot School of Theology,
Biola University.


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