Signs of the Kingdom: Miracles in the New Testament and Today
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 discusses 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.