The great apparitions of mary
The Great Apparitions of Mary: An Examination of the Twenty-Two Supranormal Appearances by Ingo SwannThe great apparitions of Mary, starting with Guadalupe in 1531, occur with a steady and increasing drumbeat across the decades and centuries. The places and the principals involved change, but the messages calling people to turn from lives of violence and sin and to seek repentance are remarkably similar. By focusing on the most widely known and documented appearances and presenting them in chronological order, the power of the events and the messages emerge in a powerful way.Swann shows how advances in science have placed the apparitions in a more intriguing light. One of the historic challenges concerning them was how could something which was not there be there in a way that registered on the eye mechanisms? The discovery of holography, where images that appear to be three-dimensional, having bulk, shape and mass, can be photographed, have provided an analogy that enlarges our perception of the physical laws and challenges the skeptics verdict of hallucination.
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The Great Apparitions of Mary is an interesting book in some respects, but ultimately, for anyone who is looking for something incisive about the Marian Apparitions, rather disappointing. The author is described on the back cover as being a "man of many talents" and perhaps that is part of the problem. One of his main interests is, apparently, the paranormal, and it is obvious that he is approaching the apparitions, a particularly "Catholic" topic, as an outsider, and so it has to be said that there is a lack of understanding present here about why they are so important. He has obviously done a good deal of research, but the bibliography, as it stands, is rather slim, and it seems apparent that a more rounded work would have demanded more investigation of basic source material. Although the book begins with the idea that apparitions are "paranormal" events, and that modern research has apparently lent some respectability to the study of the paranormal, as the book unfolds the author does not really make any further investigations into this realm, and rather is content to give some basic accounts of the various apparitions, within their historical context, but without any real attempt to try and explain them, apart from some fairly vague talk at the beginning about near-death experiences and holograms. There are definite signs, too, that Swann is a bit uncomfortable writing of these "Catholic" events, as for example in his repeatedly calling the Blessed Virgin, the "Holy Mother," a term which does not really have a Catholic ring about it, but rather sounds like something out of the New Age movement. There is evidence, too, of a similar lack of understanding in his discussion, in the chapter on Lourdes where the apparitions took place in , of the question of Mary's Immaculate Conception, in relation to the absolute sinlessness of Jesus.