Tonight on Channel 4, a documentary made by Derren Brown was shown which looked at the phenomenon of Miracles.
However, Derren Brown’s documentary wasn’t on the phenomenon of them, but rather the apparent deceit of them.
I must start this post by saying that Brown made it clear that this wasn’t an attack on the Christian faith, or anyone who believes in miracles. However, the inference was made that all miracles are bogus and a mere trick of the human brain. I completely disagree.
You may at this point, if you aren’t a believer, say that Derren Brown proved in front of audiences that miracles don’t really happen. And to an extent, I would agree with you. But I only agree to a certain point due to the fact that Brown has three major flaws in his argument:
So therefore, I don’t think the documentary fully represented what is taught by the Christian church. All Derren Brown did in the documentary was to show up the fake healers and show what methodoligies they use to re-enact ‘healing’.
What he failed to show was people being cured of cancer due to prayers for healing over a person and doctors being speechless because of what they’ve seen. He didn’t show a blind person being healed permanently, and he didn’t show a dead man being raised to life, which has happened. He also didn’t show a wheelchair bound person get up and walk for the rest of his life as a direct result of prayer for healing.
Some of you will be reading this blog post skeptically, and that’s OK. All I have to say is that when Jesus did miracles in front of crowds and in front of their very eyes, some still didn’t believe. You’re just being those people today. But for those of you who are open minded, please leave feedback, ask questions, or even find a Bible believing church that has a healing ministry… but make sure it’s genuine! Again, ask me for more info.
I don’t claim to have all the answers on this topic, but I can usually tell a genuine healing ministry from a phoney one, and all this blog post is doing is coming at the Derren Brown documentary from a faith perspective and highlighting the issues with it.
Conclusion: The documentary was good for highlighting phoney faith healers, but bad for presenting a balanced argument for and against the authenticity of healings and miracles.
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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Just seen it on 4od. Thanks for the heads up!
My initial impression was that I would have found it much easier to watch in my former cessationist days.
Indeed, it would be all to easy to allow programmes such as this to feed prejudice against claims of the miraculous today.
However, having recently learned not to throw out the baby with the bathwater, I’ve come away with a greater desire for the genuine article.
I believe Jesus heals people today. But what goes on freely, quietly, within loving Christian communities, and far from gaze of the lens cannot be compared to the grotesque caricature of the greedy, empire building, prosperity touting telly evangelists.
It was good to see Brown and his team struggle with the morality of what they were doing. However, I don’t think they struggled enough. For Brown, the end clearly justified the means.
But let’s not forget that, for all his protestations of a righteous cause, Brown is a TV presenter, working to a budget and a schedule to produce compelling programmes, that people will pay to see.
Somehow it’s ok for Brown to use deceit to earn a buck, but not others? And in the process, how much did Brown and his team have to harden their hearts (and those of their viewers) to the real gospel?
That’s not to suggest that Brown’s method totally invalidates his findings (indeed, those of us who are jealous for the gospel and the glory of Jesus will take heed), but it does deny Brown the moral high ground.
So I see this as a warning to keep our own house in order, to take heed lest we fall, and to continue to pursue God for wisdom and for true manifestations of his glory.
good stuff D!
Your argument is completely misleading. There is no evidence whatsoever for blind people being healed by prayer. Faith healing and the power of prayer have both shown to be completely inefficacious in double-blinnd, peer-reviewed experiments. Well done on commending Brown for the strengths of his argument, and I agree that he can be biased; but seriously, propagating the notion that prayer can be effective is dangerous and a complete fabrication, just like when Christians claim that Darwin recanted his theories on his deathbed. Sorry about the tone of this message by the way. Great blog though! very well written
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