2.9: Miracles: Is it outrageous to believe in them?

In this discussion with Alan Padgett, they focus on the miraculous as found in the Bible (Old and New Testament) and approaches to inexplicable events in Christian history and in contemporary life.


In episode 9 of season 2, Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker and Katie Langston talk with Alan Padgett, Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary, about miracles: Is it outrageous to believe in them?

Show notes

Biblical passages mentioned

  • Isaiah 20
  • John 14:29

Biblical miracles mentioned

  • Exodus 3: Moses and the Burning Bush
  • Exodus 7-11: Ten Plagues of Egypt
  • Exodus 14: Parting of the Red Sea
  • Joshua 10: Joshua Stopping the Sun
  • Matthew 8 and Mark 5: Jesus Casting out Demons
  • Luke 24: Resurrection of Jesus
  • John 9: Jesus Healing the Blind Man

Topics and themes mentioned

  • Signs and wonders
  • Miracle: from Latin “mīrāculum” (“object of wonder”)
  • Enlightenment mentality and mindset
  • Scientism
  • Naturalism and supernaturalism
  • Divine providence
  • Healing and exorcism
  • Therapy
  • Kingdom of God
  • Evil and suffering

Theologians mentioned

  • Thomas Aquinas: medieval Catholic theologian
  • Jürgen Moltmann: contemporary German theologian

Today's Episode Hosted By

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Katie Langston

Katie Langston

Joined by


Alan Padgett