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The miraculous element in the Gospels : a course of lectures on the "Ely foundation" delivered in Union Theological Seminary

Author: Alexander Balmain Bruce
Publisher: New York : A.C. Armstrong & Son, ©1886.
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Bruce, Alexander Balmain, 1831-1899.
Miraculous element in the Gospels.
New York : A.C. Armstrong & Son, ©1886
(OCoLC)644552199
Named Person: Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Balmain Bruce
OCLC Number: 13110691
Description: 391 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: I. --
Miracles in relation to theories of the universe --
Importance of the inquiry --
Philosophic bias the mother of much unbelief --
Miracles and Theism --
Deism, Modern Theism, and Cosmic Theism --
The views of the author of Outlines of Cosmic Philosophy considered --
The modern doctrine of Evolution does not rob the Christian Theist of his God --
Is miracles excluded by the ascertained method of Divine Action? --
Views of Pfleiderer --
Epochs of divine initiative --
What constitutes a sufficient initiative --
What constitutes a sufficient initiative in connection with the introduction of the new era of regenerated humanity? --
II. --
Miracles in relation to the order of nature --
Desire of modern apologists to adjust the idea of a miracle to the fixed order of nature --
Various attempts to be considered --
Mozley's view as to the ground of the belief in the fixity of nature's order --
The hypothesis of Higher Law --
Miracles accelerated nature-processes --
Miracles in relation to the various kingdoms of nature --
Rothe's views --
No collision between miracles and natural law --
Bushnell's Nature and the Supernatural --
Baden Powell's views as to the gulf between the natural and spiritual worlds --
The identification of the two worlds by the author of Natural Law in the Spiritual World --
III. --
The Gospel miracles in relation to the apostolic witnesses --
On whose authority do the miraculous narratives in the Gospel rest? --
Hume's argument against the credibility of miracles --
Parley's reply and modern criticisms --
Naturalism on apostolic testimony to miracles --
Reimarus, Paulus, Strauss, Baur --
The views of Keim and Weiss --
The literary criticism of the Gospel --
Holtzmann, Weiss, Abbott --
The original Gospel must have been to a large extent a miracle-gospel --
Apostolicity of the Evangelic tradition ascertained by moral tests --
The Gospels compared with the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles --
IV. --
The Gospel miracles in relation to the evangelic records --
The position of the miracle-narrations in the Records --
The miraculous element no mere excrescence --
Yet not unduly prominent --
The distribution of the miracles --
Those reported by the three Synoptical Evangelists --
Those reported in two Gospels --
Those reported in one Gospel --
The miracles of the Triple Tradition typical --
The discrepancies of the accounts --
Use made of by Strauss --
How accounted for by Weiss --
Omissions and additions --
The miracles peculiar to Luke --
Those peculiar to John V. --
The Gospel miracles in relation to exegesis --
The healing miracles of the Triple Tradition --
The question to be considered is, Are these "miracles" really miraculous? --
The healing of Peter's mother-in-law --
The healing of the leper --
The healing of the paralytic --
The healing of the withered hand --
The cases of demoniacal possession --
The woman with an issue of blood --
The raising of the daughter of Jairus --
The healing of the blind man at Jericho --
VI. --
The Gospel miracles in relation to exegesis --
The miracles wrought on nature --
The nature-miracles chiefly objected to --
Why? --
Views of Schleiermacher --
The stilling of the storm --
The feeding of the multitude --
The walking on the water --
The miraculous draught of fishes --
The stater --
The change of water into wine --
The cursing of the fig-tree --
VII. --
The Gospel miracles in relation to the worker --
Naturalism wishes that Jesus had had nothing to do with miraculous pretensions --
Renan's apology --
Christ's miraculous activity must be reconciled with His humility and sincerity --
This to be done through the true idea of the Messianic vocation --
What that idea is --
The healing miracles the outflow of gracious Love --
Christ wrought His healing works subject to certain restrictions --
The bearing of the nature-miracles on the inters of the Divine Kingdom --
In what relation did the miracles of Jesus stand to the natural endowments of the Worker? --
Two theories --
Illustrative examples --
VIII. --
The Gospel miracles in relation to the Christian revelation --
The function of miracles a vital question --
Miracles enter into the substance of Revelation and are not merely confirmatory signs --
Views of Dr. Mozley and other apologists --
The moral miracles of Christianity insisted on by Row, Storrs, and Brace --
Their value --
The Gospel miracles all vehicles of Revelation --
The contribution of the nature-miracles --
The healing miracles reveal the grace of Christ --
Their relation to Christianity as the Religion of Redemption --
They are parables --
Modern miracles, or faith-healing IX. --
The great moral miracle --
The Christ of the Church, and of history --
Naturalistic view of the character of Christ --
The proof of Christ's goodness and wisdom sketched --
The originality of Christ --
Is Christ the Ideal man? --
Naturalistic reply --
The question viewed from the point of view of Evolution --
The attitude of Schleiermacher and Abbott --
A sinless Christ admitted --
Birth from a virgin and resurrection denied --
Weakness of the position --
X. --
Christianity without miracle --
All miracle removed what remains? --
Lessing's distinction between the religion of Christ and the Christian religion --
What worship of Jesus is possible when the miraculous has been eliminated --
Jesus still Hero of moral sincerity, a Prince of Philanthropists, and a Paragon of ethical teachers --
The religion practiced by Jesus described --
This religion cannot be practiced by unbelievers --
With it must go the worship of Christ --
Strauss's question, Are we any longer Christians? --
Christianity without miracle ceases to be a substantive religion --
Modern substitutes for Christianity --
Worship of the Universe --
Worship of Humanity --
Worship of the Unknowable --
Miraculous Christianity will rise again.
Responsibility: by Alexander Balmain Bruce.

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