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Miracles. Why Not? James Beverley Encourages us to Believe

It’s James Beverley week on the Faith Today blog,  featuring some of our favourite columns from a writer who has informed and challenged Faith Today readers for years. We have a copy of Mormon Crisis: Anatomy of a Failing Religion to give away to two blog readers. Would you like a copy?

by James A. Beverley

Few people in history can match David Hume (1711–1776) for creating doubt about the possibility of miracles. Hume, raised in a strict Scottish Presbyterian home, lost his Christian faith courtesy of the scepticism that swept Western philosophy after the Reformation.

David Hume’s basic argument was that it’s foolish to believe in miracles since it’s always more reasonable to adopt skeptical explanations or non-supernatural theories.
David Hume’s basic argument was that it’s foolish to believe in miracles since it’s always more reasonable to adopt skeptical explanations or non-supernatural theories.

The conflicts of that era, especially those between Catholics and Protestants over doctrinal truth, led not only to loss of life (most famously in the Thirty Years War, 1618–1648) but loss of certainty about church authority, proper scriptural interpretation, the way of salvation, the nature of God, and the reality of miracles.

Hume touched a major nerve in the tiny 20-page chapter on miracles he wrote in his 1748 book Enquiries Concerning Human Understanding –articles and books written in response numbered in the hundreds. Why? Well, not because of his clarity of thought or coherence, as critics continue to point out.
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James Beverley Explores Our Concern With Terrorism

It’s James Beverley week on the Faith Today blog. We will be featuring some of our favourite columns from a writer who has informed and challenged Faith Today readers for years. We have a copy of Mormon Crisis: Anatomy of a Failing Religion to give away to the blog reader who can answer this question correctly: What was the name of Beverley’s first book?

By James A. Beverley

James A. Beverley
James A. Beverley

Not since 9/11 have so many people been so preoccupied with Islamic terrorism. What happened?

The video warning from earlier this year [2014] is clear. “[This] is a message to Canada and all the American tyrants: We are coming and we will destroy you.”

As hard as it is to imagine, these words are from an unidentified Canadian Muslim who joined the Islamic State, the new terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. Like others in the video, he burns his passport before issuing the threat.

Not since 9/11 have so many people worldwide been so preoccupied with Islamic terrorism. What happened?
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As Spring Breaks Into Canada: James Beverley Reminds Us to Watch for God

It’s James Beverley week on the Faith Today blog. We will be featuring some of our favourite columns from a writer who has informed and challenged Faith Today readers for years. We have a copy of Mormon Crisis: Anatomy of a Failing Religion to give away to the blog reader who can answer this question correctly: What does James Beverley teach at Tyndale?

by James A. Beverley

The great essayist Frederick Buechner wrote in one of his books that “God does not sign his sunsets.” Buechner, an ordained Presbyterian minister born in 1926, has struggled most of his life with doubt and depression. Buechner’s life was forever altered by the suicide of his father when Fred was just ten years old. It is no 1876825MidRessurprise that themes of loss and darkness pervade his sermons and novels – but amazingly there is an even greater recognition of the signs of God’s presence. Given a God who does not sign His sunsets, many people legitimately ask where to find signs of His existence and care.

Of the classical signs for God, my personal favourite is the teleological argument, the proof from design. Atheists often brag this age-old proof has been disproven by Darwin and modern evolutionary theory, but they’re not even close to being right. Yes, William Paley’s famous argument from the watch to the watchmaker has had to be refined, but the evidence for the fine tuning and extravagant complexity of our bodies, our planet and the universe has become overwhelming.
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