In Defense of Miracles: A Comprehensive Case for God's Action in History, Edited by R. Douglas Geivett and Gary R. Habermas

In Defense of Miracles

A Comprehensive Case for God's Action in History

Edited by R. Douglas Geivett and Gary R. Habermas

In Defense of Miracles
  • Length: 330 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: February 27, 1997
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: 1528
  • ISBN: 9780830815289

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Rumors of deception have surrounded claims of Jesus' resurrection ever since the soldiers appointed to guard his tomb made their report to the Jewish authorities. But no one has led the philosophic charge against miracles quite as influentially as David Hume with his 1748 essay "Of Miracles." Refined, revised, restated, his arguments still affect philosophic discussions of miracles today.

During the twentieth century, strong arguments have been raised by Antony Flew, now professor emeritus at Keele University in England. Flew has contributed a fresh statement of his objections to the idea of God's acting in history just for this volume, which also includes Hume's classic critique as a part of the case against miracles.

In response, Douglas Geivett and Gary Habermas have assembled a distinguished team of scholars to rebut the objections and set forth the positive case for God's action in history:

Richard Purtill clarifies the word miracle, while Norman Geisler critiques Hume's case against miracles. Francis Beckwith and Winfried Corduan assess how we would recognize miracles in the past and in the present. Ronald Nash examines naturalism's exclusion of miracles and shows its self-referential incoherence. J. P. Moreland discusses whether science properly rules out the possibility of miracles. God's existence and action in history are probed by David Beck and Stephen Davis, while Douglas Geivett argues that within a theistic framework it is reasonable to expect miracles as confirmation of claims to special revelation. David Clark examines miracles within the context of various world religions. Robert Newman, John Feinberg, William Lane Craig and Gary Habermas conclude by investigating fulfilled prophecy, the virgin birth and incarnation of Jesus, the empty tomb, and the resurrection appearances.

In Defense of Miracles is a comprehensive, up-to-date discussion that should not be overlooked by anyone concerned with the current debate over miracles.

The common arguments against the possibility of miracles are presented along with Chrsitian responses in the book In Defense of Miracles. Editors R. Dougles Geivett and Gary R. Habermas have compiled some of the best apologists in the Evangelical fold to respond to the challenge. . . Provides a good overview of the issues and Christian responses to attacks on the miracles of the Christian Faith. It makes a solid reference for Christians seeking to respond to challenges on the matter of miracles by unbelievers.

Christian Book Reviews (, September 16, 2008

"This useful volume is an impressive display of the best sort of intellectual work now emerging in the evangelical world."

First Things


Introduction / R. Douglas Geivett and Gary R. Habermas

Part 1: The Case Against Miracles
1. Of Miracles / David Hume
2. Neo-Humean Arguments About the Miraculous / Antony Flew

Part 2: The Possibility of Miracles
3. Defining Miracles / Richard L. Purtill
4. Miracles the Modern Mind / Norman L. Giesler
5. History Miracles / Francis J. Beckwith
6. Recognizing a Miracle / Winfried Corduan

Part 3: A Theistic Context for Miracles
7. Miracles Conceptual Systems / Ronald H. Nash
8. Science, Miracles, Agency Theory the God-of-the-Gaps / J. P. Moreland
9. God's Existence / W. David Beck
10. God's Actions / Stephen T. Davis
11. The Evidential Value of Miracles / R. Douglas Geivett

Part 4: Christian Miracles--Case Studies
12. Miracles in the World Religions / David K. Clark
13. Fulfilled Prophecy as Miracle / Robert C. Newman
14. The Incarnation of Jesus Christ / John S. Feinberg
15. The Empty Tomb of Jesus / William Lane Craig
16. The Resurrection Appearances of Jesus / Gary R. Habermas
Conclusion: Has God Acted in History? / R. Douglas Geivett and Gary R. Habermas



List of Contributors


R. Douglas Geivett is professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. His previous books include Evil and the Evidence for God (Temple University Press) and (coedited with Brendan Sweetman) Contemporary Perspectives on Religious Epistemology (Oxford University Press).

Gary R. Habermas

Gary R. Habermas (PhD, Michigan State University) is distinguished research professor and chair of the department of philosophy and theology at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of twenty-seven books including Resurrected? An Atheist & Deist Dialogue (with A. Flew), The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus (with M. Licona), The Risen Jesus & Future Hope, The Resurrection: Heart of New Testament Doctrine, and The Resurrection: Heart of the Christian Life.