Category Archives: Heffernan, Thomas J.

Miracles in the Modern World

How do contemporary cultures account for the miraculous? In addition to advancing scientific and religious explanations,¬†Loring Danforth and Thomas Heffernan¬†say that in some modern societies miracles create bonds that affirm their social distinctiveness. At the time of the interview, Danforth, … Continue reading

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Sacred Biographies

How did the telling of medieval saints’ lives evolve? Who read these accounts, and how did they affect the lives of ordinary people? According to Thomas Heffernan, there are thousands of biographies of medieval saints. In the Middle Ages, they … Continue reading

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