- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: Pangaeus Press; 1 edition (May 13, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0965366006
- ISBN-13: 978-0965366007
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- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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An astonishing performance! Johnson gives clear, accurate explanations of the full spectrum of mystic phenomena, masterfully presented with an unparalleled knowledge of the material. Apparitions is an indispensable reference for anyone interested in the paranormal, and a joy to read, besides. -- Ladislav Zgusta, Director Emeritus, Center for Advanced Study, University of Illinois
Apparitions covers a wide spectrum of what the contemporary world calls the paranormal, authoritatively and well. Definitive in its synthesis, rich in its coverage, and of the highest scholarly standard, Apparitions deserves careful consideration by anyone interested in mystic phenomena. A joy to read because of its clarity and verve-a very readable book. -- R. W. Carstens, Ph.D., Ohio Dominican College
Apparitions is an indispensable reference for anyone interested in the paranormal, and a joy to read, besides... No other book available today relates mystic phenomena so clearly to each other. None shows so effectively their role as an integral part of Christianity. A wonderful book, a book of marvels. -- Mark Lowery, Department of Theology, University of Dallas
Johnson's Apparitions must be the definitive book on mystic phenomena of all kinds. It relates a rich and dazzling array of information drawn from two thousand years of historical documentation. It's a fascinating read, but it's also a masterful work of the highest scholarly standard; its scope, depth, and richness are unparalleled in any other book I know of, past or present. -- Karl Keating, President, Catholic Answers
Most impressive - a masterpiece. A rich and dazzling array of theological and practical information. Appeals to a wide audience from scholar to casual reader. A reference work for the bookshelf. Will be recommended to my students! -- Rev. Robert M. Coerver, Director for the Spiritual Development of Sacramental Life, Diocese of Dallas
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Again, the primary principle in thinking about any mystic phenomenon, or any report of one, is that you can take it or leave it; you're free to believe or disbelieve, no matter what. But you're not necessarily free to attack; in fairness you'd have to look at the matter logically, as the Church does, and also to evaluate logically the pronouncements of those who always stand ready to debunk any and all reports, even reports of events judged creditable. In fact, the major problem that clouds understanding of mystic phenomena these days is simply that so few people know how to think. Most of us aren't taught logic in grade school, any more, which makes us figure that everything's a matter of opinion orfeeling; that makes it extraordinarily difficult for competent professionals to communicate their perfectly valid procedures and findings to us. It sets us up as easy marks for all kinds of irrationality when we look at a reported mystic event (or even when we vote or serve on juries, which is really frightening). And although most debunkers clamor for logic and science in the investigation of mystic phenomena, most of their arguments fall into one or another of the fallacies that logic and science prohibit. You don't have to be a scientist yourself to sort it all out. Logical fallacies are basically apparent to common sense, if you think about them: but think!, as Dt 10:14 phrases it so well. Take your time and think.
Primarily, the fallacies in many debunkers' work center on the logical impossibility of trying to prove a negative proposition: nobody can prove that something did not happen. The best that you can do is to prove that something else happened that excludes the event that you want to disprove. For example, the proposition that Person A did not steal something is a negative proposition, and you can't prove it directly; you can only prove that Person B stole it, which means, logically, that Person A didn't. An alibi does the same thing: it doesn't prove that the accused didn't do it, but only that he couldn't have; it demonstrates only that something else happened that makes the accusation impossible. Debunkers often charge off in the wrong direction, trying to prove that a mystic event didn't happen. Nobody can do that. But they can't even prove that something else happened that excludes the possibility of a genuine mystic event. To understand why they can't, you have to think about the three separate factors that have to be considered in any investigation: the cause of the event, the event itself, and the event's appearances. You already know all about these and about their logical relationships, but you might not automatically apply what you know to accounts of mystic phenomena and debunkers' attempts to disprove them. For instance, if a professional illusionist can duplicate the physical appearances of an allegedly miraculous event-the way that the Pharaoh's magicians did (Ex 7:8-13)-it doesn't logically prove anything about the event itself, because two separate events that result from two different causes can have the same appearances.
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I am a non denominational believer, I typically read more Eastern spirituality mysticism...
I was SO pleasantly surprised to find this!
Highly informative (yet not boring) and a very fun read too.
Loaded with stories of the mystical gifts of the Saints told in way in which I have NEVER seen and I read a lot of spiritual books.
St. Teresa could LEVITATE?!?! Whaaaat?!?
I know mystic phenomena exists, I have experienced it myself MANY times personally, clear answers from God, Manifestations of physical things etc.
It seems the church for some reason shuns away from sharing this.
"The more spectacular the occurrences, the less willing the church is to put the person before the faithful as a model. Pope Gregory IX Dei Segni, who knew Saint Francis of Assisi personally and had kissed his stigmata purposely assigned The case to cardinals who actively disliked Francis, and stood back. The decision was for canonization, but that was despite the extraordinary phenomena, not because of them."
This book also shares great detail about the power of prayer and explains beautifully its power even when you don't get an immediate answer.
LOVE, love love this book!!!
I wish I could find the email contact for the author. I have tried.
Bravo Mr. Johnson!!!!
Has Mary appeared with warnings for the world? What about the Stigmata -- is it really the wounds of Christ or simply psychosis?
Kevin Orlin Johnson is an outstanding author -- anyone would enjoy his books. Not only are they fun to read...but you also actually learn something! He's given me a new appreciation for how the Church can stand up to an intellectually rigorous process.
Tired of Christian pablum? Give this book a try!