From its earliest moments, the Christian community pointed to miraculous events—paradigmatically, the resurrection of Jesus—as disclosing the truth about God and his saving action on their behalf. In spite of their centrality in early Christian proclamation and belief, Christians in the modern era have tended to approach the category of ‘miraculous events’ with a measure of skepticism. Many believe that modern science has called the plausibility of belief in miracles into question; others have argued against their historical reliability. In this lecture Craig Keener will discuss the contributions and limitations of conventional science and historiography in examining miracles, and some evidence globally for the sorts of experiences described in the earliest Christian sources.
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|Craig S. Keener (PhD Duke University) is F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and a Resident Fellow at the Henry Center. He is the author of twenty-five books, five of which have won awards at Christianity Today. His works include Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts (2 vols., Baker Academic, 2011), Acts: An Exegetical Commentary (4 vols., Baker Academic, 2012-2015), and most recently Galatians: A Commentary (Baker Academic, 2019).|
This event is made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The opinions expressed throughout this event do not necessarily reflect the views of the John Templeton Foundation.