Supernatural

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Supernatural is a term used to describe happenings that are of a spiritual nature, or above the natural or physical world. Supernatural events can be of either a positive or negative nature.[1]

Supernatural events can take many forms from magic, to superstition or mythological creatures.

Many liberals think that God is supernatural, but the truth of His existence makes Him metaphysical rather than supernatural.

Studies confirming the efficacy of prayer for Christians

See also: Studies on prayer

The Christian apologist Gary Habermas wrote: "Double-blind prayer experiments: where people pray for others with terminal illness. Habermas admitted that most such experiments have not worked, but the three that he knows of that have indeed worked were cases of orthodox-Christians praying for the sick."[2]

Forms of magic

Magic could count as the main form of supernatural activity.

There are many forms of magic, including Black magic(Satanism),White magic (Wicca) and Grey magic (Voodoo).

Atheists and supernatural beliefs

See also: Atheism and miracles

Atheism, as defined by the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and other philosophy reference works, is the denial of the existence of God.[3] Beginning in the latter portion of the 20th century and continuing beyond, many agnostics/atheists have argued that the definition of atheism should be defined as a mere lack of belief in God or gods. [4][5] [6] See also: Definition of atheism

Naturalism as a philosophical stance rejects the possibility of supernatural phenomena, describing such phenomena as misunderstood natural phenomena or falsehood. This preconception necessarily precludes the existence of God.

Although all atheists indicate that they do not believe in the existence of God, a significant portion of atheists do not strictly subscribe to the philosophy of naturalism (see: Atheism and the supernatural).

References

  1. A Dictionary of Contemporary Christian Words and Concepts - Michael Pitts
  2. Christian Apologist: 10 Reasons for the Fall of Atheism by Gary Habermas
  3. Multiple references:
  4. Day, Donn R. (2007). "Atheism - etymology".
  5. Definition of atheism by William Lane Craig
  6. Putting the Atheist on the Defensive by Kenneth R. Samples, Christian Research Institute Journal, Fall 1991, and Winter 1992, page 7.