chapter  13
Summary and Conclusions
WithMark Corner
Pages 9

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of this book. The book defines a miracle as a special or immediate act of God, as opposed to God's continuous work of creating and sustaining the world. It mentions Michael Perry's theory, in The Easter Enigma, that in his post-mortem state Jesus causes the disciples to project images of him. The book also suggests that the 'miraculous powers' of the yogins might be more aptly described as extraordinary mental and physical abilities which have been acquired through training. It rules out the idea that there are 'holes in the web', gaps in the closed continuum of cause and effect through which some specific divine initiatives could slip. The book further suggests that for all their desire to distance themselves from nascent Christianity, there was ironically some parallel between the rabbis' scepticism about miracles and that of Jesus himself.