The Charismania Collection

It suddenly hit me that I’ve written a fair few articles on various features of charismania, so I thought I’d post them all together as a “Charismatic Collection.”

FAITH HEALING

Does God Heal? This is an introduction to the primary considerations why we should approach healing claims with caution:

https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/does-god-heal/

 

Divine Healing and my Charismatic Deconversion: Here I briefly discuss my exit from charismania and discuss one particular healing claim I’m personally acquainted with:

https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/divine-healing-my-charismatic-deconversion/

 

Faith-Healers: Pulling Our Legs? I wrote this article shortly after discovering that the old faith-healer leg-lengthening trick was alive and well in my homeland of Northern Ireland:

https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2015/07/03/faith-healers-pulling-our-legs/

 

Marx of Suspect Healing: In this article I present reason for scepticism in the face of the increasingly popular “leg growing miracle,” with particular reference to the faith-healer Mark Marx from Healing on the streets.

https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/marx-of-suspect-healing/

 

Debating Claimed Healings & Miracles – A Public Invitation to Peter Lynas: I think it’s only fair to give ones opponents a right of reply. In this article I invite Peter Lynas – the head of Evangelical Alliance in Northern Ireland and Director of Causeway Coast Vineyard – one of the biggest charismatic churches in Northern Ireland – to a public debate, and explain why I think I’m well placed to examine their claims. Peter and his church make a lot of claims, but they never produce evidence, submit their claims to examination, or even answer basic questions. In fact, several months later Lynas is still ignoring me.

https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2016/02/27/debating-claimed-healings-miracles-a-public-invitation-to-peter-lynas/

 

What’s So Wrong with Faith-Healing: In this article I discuss a number of features of faith-healing claims and practices which are dangerous, and even potentially deadly.

https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/whats-so-wrong-with-faith-healing/

 

Dishonest Charismatic Claims: In this article I discuss the tendancy to overstatement and flat-out fabrication which continually dogs charismatic miracle claims, looking at Charisma magazine’s report about the alleged healing of a teenager from cancer, and Robby Dawkins claim to have raised a man from the dead.

https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/dishonest-charismatic-claims/

 

Robby Dawkins & The Fake Resurrection: This is an examination of Robby Dawkins’ claim to have raised a man from the dead. I include here the full text of the testimony of the man’s sister which gives a very different slant on the matter.

https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2016/04/29/robby-dawkins-miracle-worker-or-factually-challenged/

 

Healing & Disobedience: This is a brief reflection on the claim that if we don’t heal the sick we are disobedient to the commands of Christ.

https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2016/05/19/short-article-1-healing-disobedience/

GLOSSOLALIA

Speaking in Tongues: Gibberish? In this article I discuss whether or not tongues speech is genuine.

https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/soeaking-in-tongues-gibberish/

 

The Apologetics of Tongues Speech: I respond in this article to the various explanatory gymnastics used by defenders of tongues speech, concluding that things don’t look so good for the “gift of tongues.”

https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/the-apologetics-of-tongues-speech/

 

PROPHECY

Charismatic Prophecy: Christian Astrology? I attempt to demonstrate that modern prophetic words are often little better than astrology, and are probably best explained in the same terms: by the so-called “Forer” (or “Barnum”) effect.

https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2015/09/14/charismatic-prophecy-christian-astrology/

 

MISCELLANEOUS MIRACULOUS

The Charismatic Movement and Princess the Hypnodog: There are similarities between the two, or so I argue, in particular in terms of tricks, and how easy it is to be fooled:

https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/the-charismatic-movement-princess-the-hypnodog/

 

Miracles at New Wine: I analyse a number of miraculous claims that came out of the New Wine Conference in Sligo, July 2015, in this article:

https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/miracles-at-new-wine/

 

Moreland and Miracles: In this piece I argue that JP Moreland’s standard for believing miracle claims is way too credulous:

https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2015/09/05/moreland-and-miracles/

 

Our Lady of the Illogical Leaps: A look at the often silly world of theophanies:

https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/our-lady-of-the-illogical-leaps/

 

Explain That! A Guide to Investigating Miraculous Claims: Every charismatic has a miraculous anecdote ready to fire at the unprepared sceptic. This article gives advice as to what we should do when faced with miraculous claims:

https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2016/03/19/explain-that-a-guide-to-investigating-miraculous-claims/

 

Non-Charismatic “Gifts of the Spirit”: There are many miracle claims outside the charismatic movement. I discuss a few of them in this article, showing how they are evidentially comparable with charismatic claims, and challenge the charismatic why I should give any more credence to his claims than those of Christian Science of even milk drinking statutes!

https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/non-charismatic-gifts-of-the-spirit/

 

The Seduction of Charismania: It’s not easy to break away from the Charismatic movement – it took me years. In this article I attempt to explain its allure and why people get trapped.

https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/the-seduction-of-charismania/

 

The Limitations of Eyewitness Testimony: This articles addresses the many problems of appealing to eyewitness testimony as proof of some miracle or other. I outline 4 problems with eyewitness testimony illustrating how and why it is often unreliable and not good enough by itself to prove a miraculous claim.

https://stephenjgraham.wordpress.com/2016/05/10/modern-miracle-claims-the-limitations-of-eyewitness-testimony/

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