Miracles: Source of Truth or Violation of Natural Law?

Feb 18, 2021
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Luke Timothy JohnsonEmory University

From the beginning, Christian faith has been founded on the evidence of miracles: the Incarnation, the Resurrection, the signs and wonders worked by Jesus, the workings of the Holy Spirit in the Church. But miracles, especially those claimed to have happened after New Testament times, have provoked unease and skepticism, even among Christians. Enlightenment rationalism tended to argue them away completely. Professor Johnson asks: what place do miracles have in the Biblical vision? And how should we understand them today? 

This event is co-presented with the Harvard Catholic Forum, as their Daniel Harrington SJ Memorial Lecture. This event is co-sponsored by the Saint Benedict Institute, the Nova Forum, the Institute for Faith and Culture, the St. Paul's Catholic University Center, St. Peter Parish (Cambridge, MA), Catholic Parishes of Arlington, MA, and the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.

Luke Timothy Johnson is the Robert W. Woodruff Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins Emeritus at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. He has written and lectured widely on the New Testament, early Christianity, and fundamental issues in the interpretation of Scripture and religious experience. Among his dozens of books and articles are  The Real Jesus: The Misguided Quest for the Historical Jesus and the Truth of the Traditional Gospels (HarperSanfrancisco, 1996), Miracles: God’s Presence and Power in Creation (Westminster John Knox, 2018), and The Canonical Paul (Eerdemanns, 2 vols. in progress).