Medjugorje and the Supernatural : Science, Mysticism, and Extraordinary Religious Experience, Hardback Book

Medjugorje and the Supernatural : Science, Mysticism, and Extraordinary Religious Experience Hardback


In 1981, six young people in the village of Medjugorje, in what was then Yugoslavia (now Bosnia-Herzegovina), reported that the Virgin Mary had appeared to them.

The Medjugorge visionaries say that Mary has returned every day since then, bringing them important messages from heaven to convey to the world.

Throughout history, people have reported visionary experiences-apparitions of the Virgin Mary, visions of Jesus Christ, weeping statues and icons, the stigmata,physical healings and miracles, experiences of the afterlife- and interpreted them as supernatural in origin.

Scholars have often tried to reinterpret such experiences, including those described by the great mystics like Francis of Assisi, Catherine of Siena, and Teresa of Avila, into natural orpsychopathological categories, like hysteria, hallucination, delusion, epileptic-seizures, psychosis, the workings of the unconscious mind, or fraud.

Are such reductionist explanations valid? Over the past three decades the Medjugorje visionaries have been subjected to extensive medical, psychological, and scientific examination, even while undergoing their visionary experiences.

Daniel Klimek argues that the case of Medjugorje affords a rare opportunity to understand a deeper dimension ofextraordinary religious phenomena.

Presenting and analyzing the scientific studies on the visionaries in juxtaposition with the major scholars and debates surrounding religious experience, Klimek concludes that a multidisciplinary approach grants a more holistic and deeper understanding of suchextraordinary religious experiences.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 392 pages, 0
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780190679200



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