There have been lots of discussions here on what exactly is a miracle and whether or not they happen today. I read this article a few days ago on a plane ride, and I thought it would be interesting to discuss. The author, Craig Keener, the author of a book I have frequently cited for people interested in an “academic” treatment of the topic of miracles from a Christian perspective.
If some African Christians accept miracle claims too quickly, many of us in the secular West indulge the opposite cultural temptation. Our heritage of antisupernaturalism, stemming from 18th-century Deists and the naturalist philosophy of David Hume, predisposes us to dismiss all miracles. That way, at least, we cannot be embarrassed by claims that turn out to be fraudulent.
What do you say to accounts like the ones Keener reports?