- Paperback: 318 pages
- Publisher: Prometheus Books; Updated edition (April 1, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879755350
- ISBN-13: 978-0879755355
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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YA Are there people chosen by God to heal bodily ailments through the power of prayer alone? Randi's answer is ``maybe,'' but on the basis of his three-year investigation into faith heal ers, he hasn't found any evidence of it and suggests it may be nothing more than a religious con game. The author, a professional magician, has made it a sideline to expose fraud and miscon ceptions in the realm of the paranormal. Leading evangelists such as Oral Rob erts, Peter Popoff, W. V. Grant, Pat Robertson, and others are all shown to use tactics that are at best misleading, to guide the faithful into believing that they have been supernaturally cured by prayer alone. At worst, some of these men are shown to be cynical frauds preying on the desperation of the seri ously ill. The book is not tightly writ ten, but it can be read for enlighten ment. Karl Penny, Houston Pub . Lib .
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
James Randi is a Canadian-American stage magician and scientific skeptic best known as a challenger of paranormal claims and pseudoscience. Randi is the founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). He began his career as a magician, as The Amazing Randi, but after retiring at age 60, he began investigating paranormal, occult, and supernatural claims. Although often referred to as a "debunker," Randi rejects that title owing to its perceived bias, instead describing himself as an "investigator." He has written about the paranormal, skepticism, and the history of magic, and has published many books including Flim-Flam!, The Truth about Uri Geller, The Faith Healers, and The Mask of Nostradamus. He was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and was occasionally featured on the television program Penn & Teller: Bullshit!.
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James Randi is a skeptic and atheist, but please don't let the personal views of the author discourage you from reading this book if you are curious about the subject or are currently giving money to evangelists who promise miracles. Mr. Randi was rigorous, methodical, and deeply honest in his methods of investigation. I was taken aback by just how far he went to expose the fraud of these people and to bring to light the great suffering they cause the poor and destitute.
I feel that writing this book was a great service to the public.
The book may seem repetitious at times, but that I believe is due to the nature of the subject of the book. The faith healers appear to be of a "cookie cutter" variety as far as perpetrators of woo go. And perhaps the repetitious style may prove useful to those who hold a steadfast belief in faith healers.
It has a long and ugly history. It didn't start at Lourdes and with the Catholic Church, but they sure are lining their pockets to this day with that old myth about healing waters. Don't forget the televangelist preachers who use and abuse the airwaves, using cold reading technics of mentalist magicians and other deceptions (like putting perfectly ambulatory sick folks into wheel chairs in advance, then on camera commanding the afflicted to "Be healed! Rise and walk!" The logistics for these shows include the preachers bringing their own corral of about 30 wheel chairs to each event).
While author and debunker James Randi has driven most of this type of scam artist out of business (mostly through the revelations in this book and it's publication) they still crop up in their old form, and several like Pat Robertson have moved on to more subtle forms of persuasion for your money, and occasionally rise to consider political office seeking ambition!
This is a book that every American should read & determine for themselves if "Faith Healing" is a scam or not.
All of that was expected, but what made me love this book is he gives the reasons why we should be concerned. These con men are bilking the people who can afford it the least. People who are desperately ill, financially burdened or emotionally fragile are exploited in the most callous of ways.
You see the same methods employed today. Some of the names are the same - Popoff for one, and some have been lost over time. The core message that scams are ever present in these charlatan's services - should not be missed.
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Like it or not. Amazing how adults in 2016
can turn critical thinking on and off at will.