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Uncertain BeliefIs it Rational to be a Christian?$
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David J. Bartholomew

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270140

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270140.001.0001

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The Paranormal

The Paranormal

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This chapter focuses on the paranormal — a collection of things such as telepathy, precognition, the occult, astrology, and the like — as another set of phenomena that does not necessarily entail religion, but could also serve as basis for claiming that science cannot explain everything in this world. Analyzing such phenomena has a surer foundation because of its accessibility to scientific investigation; also, as several people take these seriously, Christians take interest in exposing these as false beliefs. The chapter attempts to answer the following questions: Are there any genuine paranormal events? Do these events result from unrecognized laws of nature? What do such events tell us about what is external to the world of senses?

Keywords:   phenomena, paranormal, astrology, telepathy, precognition, occult, science, investigation

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