The Theological and Philosophical Significance of the Markan Account of Miracles

Faith and Philosophy 15 (3):298-323 (1998)

Abstract

This paper combines both an exegetical and philosophical approach to the treatment of miracles in the Markan gospel. Using key insights developed by biblical scholars bearing on the problem of Mark’s treatment of miracles as a basis, I conclude that for the author of Mark, miracles are effects, and as such, signs and symbols of what occurs in the moral and spiritual order. I argue that Mark connects miracles with faith in Jesus, a faith qualified through a grasp of the proper exercise of human power in the kingdom of God. The last section of the paper explores the ontological conditions for the possibility of miracles as they are portrayed in this gospel; there I argue that the best candidate for a theory that squares with Mark’s understanding of miracle is a different one from that found in the contemporary philosophical literature on miracles

Analytics

Added to PP
2011-01-09

Downloads
344 (#31,279)

6 months
70 (#10,659)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Jacqueline Mariña
Purdue University

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Proofs of Miracles and Miracles as Proofs.Richard L. Purtill - 1976 - Christian Scholar’s Review 6.
Martin on Miracles.Michael Almeida - 2007 - Philo 10 (1):27-34.
Miracles.Paul Fitzgerald - 1985 - Philosophical Forum 17 (1):48 - 64.
Miracles as Evidence Against the Existence of God.Christine Overall - 1985 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 23 (3):347-353.
The Miracle of Moses.C. M. Lorkowski - 2009 - Heythrop Journal 50 (2):181-188.
Reconceiving Miracles.James E. Gilman - 1989 - Religious Studies 25 (4):477 - 487.
Hobbes on Miracles.By John Whipple - 2008 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 89 (1):117–142.
Miracles: The Case for Theism.Leon Pearl - 1988 - American Philosophical Quarterly 25 (4):331 - 337.
A Moral Argument Against Miracles.James A. Keller - 1995 - Faith and Philosophy 12 (1):54-78.
Against Miracles.John Collier - 1986 - Dialogue 25 (2):349-.
Miracles and Science: Mora Than a Miraculous Relationship.Yiftach J. H. Fehige - 2012 - Toronto Journal of Theology 28 (1):159-163.