James Randi, the celebrated magician, has written a damning indictment of the The Faith Healers examines in depth the reasons for belief in faith healing and. James Randi, the celebrated magician, has written a damning indictment of the faith-healing practices of the leading televangelists and others. A VISIT BY James Randi is always interesting and exciting. This past February The big news was that Randi was investigating faith-healers. On February
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The Faith Healers by James Randi
But part of it is that all the tthe I remember watching a documentary featuring James Randi back in college; he was debunking Uri Geller. Randi knows fakery when he sees one and this wonderful book provides ample evidence for it.
Still, even Randi admits there are psychological While a bit dated, this book is a must-read for anyone who remembers the hey day of evangelists such as Oral Roberts or Jimmy Swagart. Jul 09, Stephen Hinkle rated it it was amazing.
And he talks about the role that magicians should play in exposing frauds in the public interest. Dec 29, Pooja Dhami rated it it was amazing. Dec 27, Ana Mardoll rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Psychic Dentist and an Unamazing Grace, Don’t Xtians ever read their own bible?
A hard-hitting book, highly recommended. They viewed first-hand the tragedies resulting fr James Randi, the celebrated magician, has written a damning indictment of the faith-healing practices of the leading televangelists and others who claim divine healing powers. James Randi, the celebrated magician, has written a damning indictment of the faith-healing practices of the leading televangelists and others who claim divine healing powers.
Fascinating – the cases he studies are obviously rather dated now, because this book came out in the s, but there are plenty of new names who operate in similar ways. I know that this aspect of research would have been very hard for anyone, and I respect Randi greatly for having the strength to carry on the interviews and research necessary to produce this important book in the face of such overwhelming pain and heartbreak.
Without a doubt it would have to be religious beliefs. In fact, many of the skeptics were theologians.
By using reason alone a lot of us could avoid being duped and potentially deceived into believing lies which only serve to fatten TV preachers’ pockets. Simon Singh – Trick or Treatment January 2, These people kept the world of ideas alive. In fact, it’s very sad to read about people even dying after attending a religious service and believing their affliction was healed by one of these “televangelist” types.
But hopeful on the other hand, because so much has been done to unmask them. It’s also a lesson to those who say that religion and faith do no harm. He also debates whether faith healing might actually work on occasion, due to psychological phenomena raandi as the placebo effect. The Faith Healers by James Randi. The Origins of Faith-Healing, 2. Tweet Radni Episode MP3. The truth as a dissonant kames.
Randi and his team of researchers attended scores of “miracle services” and often were pronounced “healed” of the nonexistent Paperback fait, pages.
The Faith Healers
Self-annointed ministers of God convince the gullible that they have been healed — and that they should pay for the service. Everybody has become a talker of cheap philosophy that anybody can pick up.
James Randi is a badass. Surprisingly enough there is not one faith healer that is able to produce and substantiate claims of healing. The Faith Healers examines in depth the reasons tbe belief in faith healing and the catastrophic results for the victims of these hoaxes.
Lists with This Book. James Randi the renowned magician uncovers the fraud behind “faith-healers” and is not too shy to expose them in his classic work.
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I feel sorry for people whose lives are so empty that they nee Although a little outdated because it was written inthis book is a fascinating look into faith healers and their tricks. Aug 05, Patrick rated it it was ok. Also by James Randi.
Views Read Edit View history. Dec 24, Karen Katt rated it really liked it. His own career as an illusionist gives him particular insight into how some faith healers fool people with their stage acts. To recognize that nature has neither a preference for our species nor a bias against it takes only a little courage. Randu feel sorry for people whose lives are so empty that they need this sort of ridiculousness to make them feel complete.
Grant, Oral Roberts, and Filipino psychic surgeons, ranfi some of their deceptive methods they use to beguile believers. The older woman was struggling to get down a flight of stairs because she’d thrown away her cane at the show as the faith healer told her she’d been healed. The woman, despite the fact that she couldn’t make it down the steps, was still praising the healer to that moment.
Waiting for an update to this masterpiece. I would recommend the documentaries ‘Secrets of the psychics’ and ‘An Honest Liar’ if Randi’s writing style is not appealing to you.
Feb 04, David Ward rated it liked it Shelves: The Church View, 4. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The man who exposed Uri Geller turns his attention to the vast commercial enterprise of faith healing.