Medjugorje and the Supernatural: Science, Mysticism, and Extraordinary Religious Experience

ISBN : 9780190679200

Daniel Maria Klimek
384 Pages
164 x 243 mm
Pub date
Apr 2018
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In 1981, six young people in the village of Medjugorje, in what was then Yugoslavia (now Bosnia-Herzegovina), reported that the Virgin Mary had appeared to them. The Medjugorge visionaries say that Mary has returned every day since then, bringing them important messages from heaven to convey to the world. Over the past three decades the Medjugorje visionaries have been subjected to extensive medical, psychological, and scientific examination, even while undergoing their visionary experiences. Daniel Klimek analyzes the scientific studies on the visionaries in juxtaposition with the major scholars and debates surrounding religious experience, and concludes that a multidisciplinary approach grants a more holistic and deeper understanding of such extraordinary religious experiences.


INTRODUCTION: The Silence of the Birds
CHAPTER 1: The Young Woman on the Hill
CHAPTER 2: Public Revelation and Private Revelation: How the Catholic Church Discerns the Supernatural
CHAPTER 3: Mysticism in the Twentieth Century
CHAPTER 4: The Great Debate
CHAPTER 5: Medical and Scientific Studies on the Apparitions in Medjugorje
CHAPTER 6: Medjugorje's Uniqueness: A Different Case Study for Neuroscience
CHAPTER 7: Learning from Shortcomings, Moving Forward with New Methods
CONCLUSION: Contributions to the Eternal-Battleground

About the author: 

Daniel Maria Klimek is a Franciscan friar and a Lecturer in the School of Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University. He earned his PhD in religion and theology at the Catholic University of America.

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