Apparitions, Healings, and Weeping Madonnas: Christianity and the Paranormal

Apparitions, Healings, and Weeping Madonnas: Christianity and the Paranormal

by Lisa J. Schwebel

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Is there a middle ground between miracles and tall tales? Here's a book

to help believers in Christianity make sense of it all.

On June 1, 1974, a woman in England claims to have watched a news

account of a massive a chemical plant explosion that killed 28

people-four hours before it actually happened!

In 1963 a woman's husband mysteriously disappeared. She consulted a

psychic who, upon handling a piece of one of the husband's shirts,

immediately announced, "he's in La Jolla. He went there to heal a

psychic wound when he was 14 and his father disappeared." That turned

out to be accurate!

In the United States, apparitions, miracle cures, and other paranormal

phenomena, including stigmata, possessions, ghostly apparitions, and

weeping (or bleeding) statues, have recently been reported in 8 states

and at least two boroughs of New York City.

Many people dismiss such stories as urban legends or as the kind of tall

tales children tell in order to scare each other. Even though visions,

prophecies, and miracles have been a focal point of religious faith

throughout history, the skepticism of the modern world has tended to

gloss over or ridicule reports of these phenomena.

Nevertheless, many people continue to accept such accounts—according to

a poll in Life Magazine, 83% of Americans believe miracles. And, the

documentation of a miracle remains a prerequisite for sainthood within

the Catholic Church. Why do so many believe-despite our skeptical age.

Is there valid evidence to substantiate these stories of occult


In Apparitions, Healings, and Weeping Madonnas, Lisa Schwebel examines a

broad variety of mystical experiences through the twin lenses of

scientific and paranormal research. Her fascinating and important book

sets out to record how religious people have described their

"supernatural" experiences and then places these accounts within the

wider context of the Christian mystical tradition. The author closely

examines accounts of such seemingly "miraculous" phenomena as ghosts and

apparitions, weeping icons, prophecy, healings, and visions.

The author then examines what psychology and the physical sciences teach

us about the phenomena of visions and miracles. She explores mystical

accounts that have been reported throughout history-often without

accompanying claims of divine intervention-and investigates what such

accounts reveal about the authenticity of mystical phenomena. Schwebel

also demonstrates how research in parapsychology can provide a

theoretical framework for analyzing visions and miracles.

Taken together, the anecdotes and stories in this book provide

compelling documentation of events that defy the teachings of modern

science. And the author provides modern Christians with the knowledge

that will help them to differentiate between tall tales and the truly


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616436957
Publisher: Paulist Press
Publication date: 07/05/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 471 KB

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