‘Miracles’ in the Fire: The Burning of Notre-Dame
When the treasured Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris suffered a devastating fire in 2019—beginning on the evening of Monday, April 15, and burning for over twelve hours—few could ignore the irony. Occurring during Holy Week (Easter Day was April 21), the horrific event may have seemed to supernaturalists to represent the wrath of God unleashed, or …
Evidence for ‘Miracles’: Does a ‘Cold-Case’ Approach Redeem the Gospel Accounts?
Examining the gospels like cold-case evidence is as absurd as it is unreliable.
Fatima: Miracles, Secrets, and Sainthood A Century of Folly
It began on May 13, 1917—a series of “miracles” and “secrets” that three shepherd children claimed the Virgin Mary shared with them in Fatima, Portugal.
The Visions of Julian of Norwich
“There is nothing to suggest that Julian’s visions are anything more than imaginative meditations. They contain mostly the dogmas and iconography of the period.”
St. [Mother] Teresa and the Miracles Game
If the Church wishes to honor a doctrinaire nun, let it do so without an affront to science and reason.
The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife: Fact or Fake?
“The forger even included a typographical error in transcription that was in the online edition he or she used for the copying!”
Dances of Life, Dances of Death
1 In Argentina, this once, the tango dancers dance for me, who sees a tilt, a turn, a glance, a spin, a hiked-leg stance, and then the two are one, and their romance becomes the dancers as the dance. 2 Birds dance and sing in the sky over Buenos Aires. But I hear the cry …
Getting a Humanist Education
The Center for Inquiry Institute launches a three-year academic program A program of intensive education in humanism, skepticism, and rationalism has been successfully launched by the Center for Inquiry Institute, a nonprofit educational institution co-sponsored by the Council for Secular Humanism. In addition to increasing public awareness of the need for critical thinking across the spectrum …
Those Tearful Icons
More and more frequently, we are seeing news reports of “weeping,” “bleeding,” and otherwise animated icons and effigies. Invariably, these are either in Orthodox churches or in Catholic Churches or shrines (often in private homes)—places where there is a special emphasis on religious images. It was a per-ceived overemphasis on icon veneration, felt to represent …