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Award of Merit in Christianity Today Book Awards
Named 2011 Book of the Year by Christian Book Distributors' academic blog (http://blogs.christianbook.com/blogs/academic/2011/12/30/2011-books-of-the-year/) and received 2012 Award of Excellence from the Foundation for Pentecostal Scholarship

My recent article in the Huffington Posthttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/craig-s-keener/miracles-in-the-bible-and-today_b_1274775.html

Christianity Today interviewed me about one aspect of the book here: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/december/okay-to-expect-miracle.html

Naturally this is an issue on which scholars' opinions diverge based on prior assumptions, but I have argued that the theistic approach should not be dismissed and indeed can be well-supported. Often people praise or critique books based on the "buzz" (or what they know of the author's other views, or based on edited and condensed interviews, grateful as I am for the interviews) without reading the book. Sometimes (as with one of my recent books) this leads partisans of debates to either praise or critique matters the book did not actually affirm! To forestall such a situation, I should note the primary and secondary issues to which this book responds.

1. The primary issue: Some suppose that all claims of cures in the Gospels and Acts must be the process of legendary accretion or pure imagination, denying that eyewitnesses could claim such experiences
My response: Whatever one's critical conclusions on particular passages, the assumption that eyewitnesses would never claim such experiences is demonstrably wrong--hundreds of millions of times over. There is no good historical reason to expect that the assumption was more true a couple thousand years ago.

2. The secondary issue: That eyewitnesses claim such experiences does not settle the more debated question of their interpretationMost scholars today do acknowledge that many people experienced Jesus as a healer, often citing analogies from subsequent history. Those who try to explain the experiences, however, sometimes accept only cases that they can explain as not somehow supernatural
While we would agree on the historical question of how people experienced Jesus, scholars hold a range of theological and philosophic interpretations of their experience. The a priori rejection of all supernatural explanations rests largely on the argument of David Hume, who rejected miracle testimony in part because he did not believe that credible witnesses claimed miracles. Today, when we have hundreds of millions of firsthand claims, many of them better attested than many claims of undisputed sorts of events, and many of them occurring in patterns difficult to explain in other terms (such as multiple cases of raisings or healings of blindness), should Hume's argument not be revisited? (Among philosophers, in fact, it often is.) Consequently, should not the possibility of genuine miracles be allowed on the table among scholars as at least a respectable position, rather than simply dismissed, as it has often been, as ignorance and naiveté? Is such an a priori dismissal--working from an unexamined assumption--really more intellectual (common as the approach is) than looking at some evidence?
Most of the book addresses the primary issue, but I also offer evidence that I and many others find sufficient to support belief that some genuinely supernatural events occur. 

There is no secret about my own personal views (which did shift on some issues during the writing of the book), but the actual argument of the book is as summarized above (obviously with much more detail and surveying a range of historical and contemporary claims, with more samples from some places and eras than others).

Following are some endorsements and early reviews (though some do claim more for the book than it claims for itself):

Endorsements and reviews so far (short versions)
"... a tour de force. After putting it down, I'm standing up, clapping, and shouting, 'Bravo! Bravo!'"--Leonard Sweet, E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism, Drew University, and visiting distinguished professor, George Fox University

"We have here perhaps the best book ever written on miracles in this or any age. Highly recommended."--Ben Witherington III, Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

"This massively researched study is both learned and provocative."--Philip Jenkins, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Humanities, Pennsylvania State University
"An exhaustive treatment of the subject, encompassing a range of sources from antiquity to contemporary times, from the Bible to modern Africa. It brilliantly serves not only biblical scholars but equally importantly mission thinkers and practitioners."--Wonsuk Ma, Executive Director, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies

"...this work that Ben Witherington on the back book jacket rightly labels 'perhaps the best book ever written on miracles.' I suspect the 'perhaps' is unnecessarily cautious."--(in a review) Craig Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary

"...in its field, Keener's work on miracles will prove the standard work of its generation and perhaps several to come. It sustains two clear and important theses with effective organization, meticulous scholarship, passionate concentration, and gravity (though without the author taking himself with undue seriousness)."--(in a review in JETS) Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary, ETS President-Elect

"Every once in awhile a book comes along that is long overdue within the academic community. Craig Keener's Miracles is just such a book. ... has broken new ground ... Any future discussions of miracles in the NT or in the modern day will surely have to reckon with the arguments of this book."--(in a review in Themelios) Michael Kruger, Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary

"Craig Keener's work should prove a compelling witness to those who doubt miraculous claims both ancient and modern."--(in a review in First ThingsLeroy Huizenga, Director of the Christian Leadership Center, University of Mary

"Craig Keener's discussion of New Testament miracles adduces a uniquely--indeed staggeringly--extensive collection of comparative material. That eyewitnesses frequently testify to miraculous healings and other 'extranormal' events is demonstrated beyond doubt. Keener mounts a very strong challenge to the methodological skepticism about the miraculous to which so many New Testament scholars are still committed. It turns out to be an ethnocentric prejudice of modern Western intellectuals. So who's afraid of David Hume now?"--Richard Bauckham, professor emeritus of New Testament studies, St Andrews University; senior scholar, Ridley Hall, Cambridge

"Seldom does a book take one's breath away, but Keener's magisterial Miracles is such a book. It is an extremely sophisticated, completely thorough treatment of its subject matter and, in my opinion, it is now the best text available on the topic."--J. P. Moreland, distinguished professor of philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

"Craig Keener's magisterial two-volume study of miracles is an astounding accomplishment. ... Although this book is clearly the product of immense learning and a mind at home in many disciplines, it is clearly written and argued and shows good sense throughout."--C. Stephen Evans, University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Baylor University
"Craig Keener has written arguably the best book ever on the subject of miracles. He places the miracles of Jesus and of his followers in a full and rich context, a context that includes philosophy, history, theology, exegesis, comparative religion, cultural anthropology, and first-hand observation and testimony. There is nothing like it. ... This book is must reading for all who are interested in the truly big questions of our day."--Craig A. Evans, Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Acadia Divinity College

"This is vintage Keener--exhaustive research, expert command of and thoughtful interaction with both ancient and modern sources, impeccable analyses of all sides of the argument, and deft handling of the controversial issues--plus some! It will ... undoubtedly henceforth be the first stop for all serious researchers on this topic."--Amos Yong, J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology, Regent University School of Divinity

"In an age of a global church, the time has come for Bible scholarship to be enriched by considering the way Christians read and understand Scripture in non-Western countries and cultures. In Miracles, Craig Keener offers an invaluable example of how that enrichment can take place through hard scholarly work and a passion for integrity. He gives us an exhaustive wealth of historical understanding, anthropological richness, and missiological savvy."--Samuel Escobar, professor emeritus of missiology, Palmer Theological Seminary; professor, Theological Seminary of the Spanish Baptist Union, Madrid 

"... an impressive volume that is meticulously researched, ambitious in historic and geographic scope, and relevant to current cultural concerns. Keener's bold exploration of the plausibility of past and present miracle claims should provoke interest--and debate--among a wide range of readers."--Candy Gunther Brown, associate professor of religious studies, Indiana University

"Those familiar with Keener's past volumes will not be surprised by the remarkable level of scholarship in this work. The depth and breadth of research is stunning. The interdisciplinary synthesis is as careful as it is brilliant. The arguments are evenhanded and nuanced. In short, this work takes scholarship on miracles to a new level of sophistication and depth."--Paul Rhodes Eddy, professor of biblical and theological studies, Bethel University

"This monumental study ... is important not only for the historical study of Jesus and the New Testament, but for our understanding of our contemporary world beyond the boundaries of our social location and its world view."--David A. deSilva, Trustees' Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek, Ashland Theological Seminary

"...the first to catalogue such staggering numbers of [miracle claims] that span a vast geographical and educational landscape. ... Miracles should grace the library shelves of all theologians, exegetes, and philosophers ... but missionaries should also add it to their collections"--(in a review in MissiologyD. Keith Campbell 

The book can be ordered at: 

See my Huffington Post article on the subject at:


Christianity Today interviewed me about one aspect of the book here: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/december/okay-to-expect-miracle.html

Named 2011 Book of the Year by Christian Book Distributors' academic blog (http://blogs.christianbook.com/blogs/academic/2011/12/30/2011-books-of-the-year/)

For recent video interviews, see 


Additional interviews at Asburyseedbed.com, including with my wife
Also a long interview at: http://agtv.ag.org/meet-craig-keener (though I kept looking down not because I was looking at something but because I could not see my interviewer on my screen)

Response to some popular-level criticisms:
Many criticisms were answered already in advance in the book, so I will not repeat the answers here. Some who are skeptical about God and miracles work from different presuppositions, and while we disagree (for example, about how far to stretch the plausibility of “coincidence,” such as in multiple extraordinary experiences in the same circle), we can do so respectfully. I was once a skeptic about God myself, and I understand where they are coming from (although again, I disagree). One public criticism, however, is simply inappropriate in public discourse: the critic associates miracle claims with a cultic practice in Congo. Presumably this is because my wife is from Congo, but there are two Congos in Africa, and he cited the wrong one. Second, the implication that Congolese people are uneducated is an unfortunate generalization, since my wife and her brother (another source) both hold French PhD’s (one in history, the other in science). Third, Congolese sources are only a small fraction of those cited in the book (the critic probably read an interview with me that highlighted these because they understandably make for a "personal" angle for most readers). Fourth, and more importantly, this is a false analogy argument, since the majority of Christians in Africa (and everyone that I cited) reject this practice. Judging an entire group of people by their worst examples (e.g., judging all atheists by Stalin) is stereotyping, and in this case is racist.