PSYCHOTHERAPY SCIENTIFIC AND RELIGIOUS

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82           PSYCHOTHERAPY : SCIENTIFIC AND RELIGIOUS chap.
passages from the Gospels which deal with miracles. The rationalistic attempt to explain away the miracles is unnecessary and even unjust. A better method of approach is that of sympathetic investigation. Dr. Inge I07 in his Confessio Fidei says : ' The question of miracles seems to be a part of the question as to the power of mind over matter, on which the last word has certainly not been said. It is a scientific and not a religious question, and it has no bearing on the Divinity of Christ.' While it is true that the miraculous element in the ministry of Jesus has no significance for Christ-ology as such, and that the fundamental question involved is that of the body-mind relationship, it must not be forgotten that Jesus is the ever-living eye-opener to the true religion which does not seclude itself from any branch of genuine culture.
The attitude of Jesus Himself was different from that of His contemporaries. In our Gospel sources He condemns the kind of faith in Him which rests on His performance of miracles. He declares that it is an evil and adulterous generation which seeks after a sign ; that it is, in fact, only a generation unfaithful to God which demands signs and wonders as the basis of its religious faith. He pointed to the Ninevites who were won to God, not by the miracles of Jonah, for he wrought none, but by his prophetic preaching. He held up as an example the Queen of Sheba who was not converted by the ' dynamis ' of Solomon but by his wisdom. Then, bringing His discourse to its climax, He declared that in Him His generation possessed One Who was greater than either Solomon or Jonah, and drove home his attack on the miracle-mongers with the statement that if mankind would not hear Moses and the prophets they would not be persuaded even if one rose from the dead. It is true that in the Fourth Gospel and in the longer