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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This book talks extensively about the functioning of such industries, randii to jamse it’s fallacious assertions. The ge The part that got me the most involved one of the gentleman Randi was working with in trying to expose a faith healer. Randi starts with a little background into the phenomenon of supernatural beliefs in humans and its origins before the advent of science.
The ministries, they discovered, were rife with deception, chicanery, and often outright fraud. Simon Singh – Trick or Treatment January 2, He points out that most religions play on the poor and desperate people that have a deep seeded need to believe.
Self-annointed ministers of God convince the gullible that they have been healed — and that they should pay for the service. Randi knows fakery when he sees one and this wonderful book provides ample evidence for it. But if you want a deeper understanding of WHY people fall for this sort of thing, and what can be done about it aside from debunking each one individually, Randi has little to offer. Catholic churches and private collections still overflow with hundreds of thousands of items.
For the British indie group, see Th’ Faith Healers. He has devoted his life to reality and skepticism, and to exposing these frauds and fakers and he makes sure, in this book, that we get ALL the details.
How cultural biases predispose people into believing in the possibility of faith-healing. Stay in Touch Sign up. The man janes exposed Uri Geller turns his attention to the vast commercial enterprise of faith healing. Dec 29, Pooja Dhami rated it it was amazing.
James Randi has spent decades of his life debunking t The faith healing empire, shielded but the blind faith of the credulous, claims to heallers the death and heal the dying. I would recommend the documentaries ‘Secrets of the psychics’ and ‘An Honest Liar’ if Randi’s writing style is not appealing to you.
I have only heard of a few of the people he mentions and takes aim at, but it doesn’t take away from the effect. Self-annointed ministers of God convince the gullible that they have been healed – and that they should pay for the service.
The Psychic Dentist and an Unamazing Grace, 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.
Lists with This Book. The problem is, his writing style is jwmes and unappealing; it manages to be simultaneously dry and excessively personal. Jul 30, Lup Claudiu rated it really liked it. The part that got me the most involved one of the gentleman Randi was working with in trying to expose a faith healer.
Views Read Edit View history. This book serves as a lesson that no matter what are beliefs may be we should never fail to exercise restraint in the face of terrific claims and also always keep our rational abilities intact. An excellent account of Randi’s exposures of the chicanery of various US “Big Tent” charismatic “faith healers” — or exploitative charlatans, rajdi he demonstrates them to be.
Jul 09, Stephen Hinkle rated it it was amazing.
He also debates whether faith healing might actually work on occasion, due to psychological phenomena such as the placebo effect. Deeply depressing on one hand, because people can be so deceptive – cold-bloodedly so,given that they are preying on sick people.
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The origins of faith healing explained. A must read for anyone who laughs whenever a televangelist comes on the jamss claiming that he can cure your disease by laying his hand on you and then tells you he needs your money because God can cure diseases but can’t write a check.
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But part of it is that all the te I remember watching a documentary featuring James Randi back in college; he was debunking Uri Geller. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Also by James Randi. To my surprise and delight, Randi also uncharacteristically devotes space to explaining the methods behind the tricks of the faith healers – a practice he avoids in his other debunking books because he feels a responsibility to shield the genuine entertainers and performers of the magic profession.
He began his career as a magician, as The Amazing Randi, but after retiring at age 60, he began investigating paranormal, occult, and supernatural claims. Want to Read saving…. Throughout this book Randi issues a challenge to the faith healers to produce evidence for their so-called healings and have independent doctors make statements regarding the claims etc.
The only thing that prevents a five star rating from me is the fact that it is now pretty dated.
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Oral Roberts and the City of Faith, I found it also interesting to read about some of the exposures of the practices of these healers. Still, even Randi admits there are psychological benefits for those who participate in a healing service, even if the “healings” turn out to be so much flim-flam.
Faith Healers tackles this subject and uses investigations carried out by James Randi of many so-called faith healers as its material. Dec 27, Ana Mardoll rated it it was amazing Shelves: You have to be able to tell them, “no.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Couldn’t believe Randi managed to sneak a Geller reference into a book on faith healing. Hea,ers 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.