sammenhæng. Således kan det ikke undre, at miraklet også i
det 21. århundrede er et af de væsentlige emner, der tages op, når man
diskuterer hvorvidt mennesket er alene i sin verden, eller om der er en
personlig Gud, der kan handle og gøre undere i verden.
|1. Christian Prophecy
2. Miracles and Classical Art
3. Miracles and Medical Science
All conferences are PowerPoint-supported. Niels Christian Hvidt can bring a projector if need be.
"Is there no prophet of the Lord here, through whom we may inquire of the Lord?" (2 Kings 3,4). The words are of one of the kings in the Old Testament in a difficult political situation. The prophets played an important part in the Old Testament. Large parts of the Old Testament appear as directly revealed, prophetic speech of God. The prophet experiences the word of God and preaches it to his contemporaries not as his own word but as direct "Word of the Lord". The prophetic line continues into the New Testament, as the New Testament in nu-merous passages speaks about prophets. But what happens with the end of the last book of the Bible? Does God suddenly stop manifesting himself? Does he pack his suitcase and take a long holiday, until he one day will be "coming with the clouds of heaven"? (Mk 14,62). Or does he reveal himself today when he finds it necessary, just as he did before in history? The experiences of the saints and mystics of the Church seem to confirm the latter.
Any person attending the topic of prophecy will make some interesting observations: There have always been prophets in the Church that behaved and spoke as the prophets in the Old and New Testament did. It appears to be possible to characterize the specific traits of Christian prophecy and the role of prophecy in the Church. One will find that theological work with the concept of prophecy does not lead to the periphery of theology but to the heart of primary theological issues. And finally one will be surprised to discover how little theological work has been done in the field of Christian prophecy. The conference gives a general overview of the fascinating topic Christian Prophecy, providing some examples of prophetic personalities of past and contemporary history.
|Miracles and Classical Art
Many of the most famous classical artists - Giotto, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, etc. - where deeply fascinated by the Bible's miracle accounts and painted them often: The Annunciation, the healing miracles of Jesus, the resurrection of Lazarus, the resurrection of Jesus, and many more. The paintings are often unknown and present the already fascinating Biblical miracle accounts even more vividly through art. Starting from many of these classical masterpieces, the conference focuses on the Biblical miracle accounts, their definitions and importance. Furthermore, a short introduction is given to each painting as well as to the great importance reli-gious art has had, also as an artistic dramatization of the most dynamic accounts of the Bible.
Miracles and Medical Science
In Easter 2001 Myrna of Soufanieh, Damscus, Syria, was stigmatized. Several doctors were present at the event that was predicted. These doctors claim that the wounds came from the inside of her hands and feet. But what aroused the greatest attention was the sudden disap-pearance of the wounds without scars. The same phenomena are known from Padre Pio, It-aly's beloved folk-hero, who will be canonized on June 16th 2002. Padre Pio died in 1968 af-ter having borne the stimata for over 50 years. Even he was investigated by many doctors, and the results of the investigations still are accessible.
But - can medical science and miracles have anything to do with each other? Are they not two completely opposed entities, one rational, the other obscure? This has long been consid-ered the case, especially within the boundaries of medical science, but taking a closer one will find that things are not so simple. History knows of many fruitful platforms of scientific in-vestigations of the unexplainable, and there is, especially within the Catholic and Orthodox traditions a longstanding philosophical tradition for the conviction that faith and reason do not oppose each other. On the contrary they are seen to enrich and support each other in mutual growth in knowledge of the reality that is ours. This insight has led to collaborations between theologians and medical doctors, especially in the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome and the Medical Commission in Lourdes, France. In later years it appear that scientific interest for the unexplainable has spread to wider circles of medicine, leading amongst other to investigations of the possibility of prayer improving recovery of patients.
Not only the results themselves are interesting. What may be more interesting is the fact that they are taking place, as many believe they could not have taken place even a few years back in time. We appear to be on the wedge of a new paradigm, shifting from modernism and postmodernism and a secularization of society that often proved to carry bad fruit. Jürgen Habermas, one of the most famous contemporary German philosophers, touched upon some of these problems in the speech he held when he in November 2001 received the Peace prize of the German book dealers. Here he spoke several times of our society as the "Post-secular" society. It is in this new paradigm that the medical investigation of the inexplainable has its right place. Starting from a number of interesting case stories, the conference focuses on this discussion.
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A team of scientists examining the "Turin Shroud"
udgangspunkt i, hvordan man i det hele taget forstår og definerer mirakler.
Dernæst giver det via nogle af billedkunstens smukkeste gengivelser af berømte
bibelske mirakler et vue over, hvor vigtige Bibelens underberetninger har været
for vesterlandsk kulturhistorie. Til sidst skildres to til tre nutidige case-stories om mennesker, der har oplevet mirakler i vores tid.
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