2.63: 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 this episode, 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

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Today's Episode Hosted By

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Katie Langston

Katie Langston

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Alan Padgett

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Kathryn M. Schifferdecker

Kathryn M Schifferdecker came to Luther Seminary as an assistant professor of Old Testament in 2006. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2001, Schifferdecker was associate pastor for five years at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arkdale, Wisc., before coming to Luther. Schifferdecker is a frequent contributor to workingpreacher.org, Word & World and the author of Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job (Harvard University Press, 2008). She is currently writing a commentary on the book of Esther.

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Katie Langston

Katie Langston is a doubter by nature and a believer by grace. She grew up Mormon in a small Utah town and still isn't sure she fits in anywhere sophisticated enough to have a Target. She's the author of Sealed: An Unexpected Journey into the Heart of Grace, an acclaimed spiritual memoir about her conversion to orthodox Christianity. Katie works as the director of digital strategy for Luther Seminary's innovation team, where she oversees digital projects aimed at cultivating vibrant Christian spirituality in a post-modern, post-Christian cultural context.

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