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The feelings of wonder aroused when one hears the story of Jesus healing the sick and the blind, or when one has the impression that God has saved him from sheer catastrophe, are an anesthetic to cognition and reason, leading to what may be rightly referred to in psychological terms as a neurosis. This emotional neurosis hampers the capacity to effectively perceive the external world. With reason impaired, the possibility to believe in miracles becomes available. One is either ignorant and deluded, or lying in an attempt to exploit the ignorant and deluded.

2006). 20 Medical and Therapeutic Events Yet treating a counterintuitive representation as though it were intuitive does not mean the breakdown of intuitive ontology altogether. Becoming routinized in using the concept of a bodiless mind (gods, spirits, angels) in one context does not override the general expectation that minds are embodied. Therefore the religious beliefs in traditions other than one’s own have often been considered to be superstitions (Martin 2004). Although miracles are events that, in principle, contradict intuitive expectations about basic ontological categories, it is possible to become routinized in regarding some such events as natural in the sense that they are something to be expected, although they cannot be predicted.

The resolution of this loss of security is the experience of the divine intervention that restores the self. How this functions in a given person’s life will be influenced by the communal context. Accordingly, a psychology of miracles must discover the meanings and emotions in a person’s culture and the interpersonal world that are being reenacted in the person’s experience of God and of God’s intervention in that person’s world. That set of experiences defines what the person sees as miracles.

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