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James Randi, the celebrated magician, has written a damning indictment of the The Faith Healers examines in depth the reasons for belief in faith healing and. James Randi, the celebrated magician, has written a damning indictment of the faith-healing practices of the leading televangelists and others. A VISIT BY James Randi is always interesting and exciting. This past February The big news was that Randi was investigating faith-healers. On February

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James Randi takes on all the legends of faith healing in this not so shocking expose! Retrieved from ” https: This page was last edited on 7 Octoberat James Randi Educational Foundation. The Psychic Dentist and an Unamazing Grace, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I remember watching a documentary featuring James Randi back in college; he was debunking Uri Geller. Account Options Sign in.

You have to be able to tell them, “no. Great use of scripture to support religious beliefs that would allow frauds to take advantage of their subjects.

The Faith Healers

The origins of faith healing explained. He explains why people believe in faith healers despite evidence to the contrary. Simon Singh – Trick or Treatment January 2, Carefully, Randi lays out his foundations, showing the basic how and why of faith healing rnadi.

Views Read Edit View history. To recognize that nature has neither a preference for our species nor a bias against it takes only a little courage.

Mar 03, Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves: Randi starts with a little background into the phenomenon healerss supernatural beliefs in humans and its origins before the advent of science.

To my surprise and delight, Randi also uncharacteristically devotes space to mames the methods behind the tricks of the faith healers – a practice he avoids in his other debunking books because he feels a responsibility to shield the genuine entertainers and performers of the magic profession. In eighteen chapters Randi explores the origins of faith healing and psychic surgeryand critically analyzes the claims made by A.


Grant and the Eagle’s Nest, 9. How blind faith hurts children who do not get the medical attention that they need.

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Heaoers must learn to ignore silly notions invented by opportunists who see us as sheep willing to faitb sheared.

His exposure of their tactics is generally timeless but I would love to see him do an update of this book to respond to new tactics these healers have developed or how they are twisting their old tactics t This is a very good book and quite revealing about these faith healers.

May 11, Mark Dunn rated it really liked it Shelves: Many of them have lists generated by a computer with only individual names changed and sent out to gullible people asking for money. Randi and his team of researchers attended scores of “miracle services” and often were pronounced “healed” of the nonexistent illnesses they claimed.

Dubious accounts of shrinking tumors and regaining of sight by the holy touch of a faith healer’s appendage have threatened to render centuries of medical research useless. The truth as a dissonant reality. So there can be no cure for such illness. I would recommend the documentaries ‘Secrets of the psychics’ and ‘An Honest Liar’ if Randi’s writing style is not appealing to you.

James Randi is a very awesome fellow, who has dedicated his life to debunking nonsense and protecting people from frauds and scam artists. The Vatican not only permitted but encouraged this practice, which entered history in the third century. Feb 01, David rated it it was ok. Ironically enough, even with the scientific progress we’ve made many laypeople still denounce it as either an object of Satan or incapable of bringing the blessings of faith.

He also debates whether faith healing might actually work on occasion, due to psychological phenomena such as the placebo effect.

But if you want a deeper understanding of WHY people fall for this sort of thing, and what can be done about it aside from debunking each one individually, Randi has little to offer. Well, the faithful, that’s who can forget. He really lets his Crotchety Old Man flag fly in the final chapters, but again he is thorough and clear- and he obviously cares a great deal about his topic, I’d definitely suggest this book to anyone with a healthy skepticism in regards to ‘faith healers.


Some of the faith healers investigated are W. James Randi is not a great writer; you will not be dazzled by his prose.

Nov 06, Jason rated it really liked it. I found myself wishing he’d done the research, but found someone else to actually write the book.

The Faith Healers by James Randi. Practical Limitations of Medical Science, Exposes so many scoundrels it’s truly jaw-dropping.

Nov 02, Bill Guinee rated it really liked it. Randi and his team of researchers attended scores of “miracle services” and often were pronounced “healed” of the nonexistent illnesses they claimed. In “The Faith Healers” he recounts his stories of doing so, particularly on the subject of people who claim to heal sickness through the power of religion. Jayasuriya rated it really liked it Shelves: Included are pieces of the True Cross enough to build a few log cabinsbones of the children slain by King Herod, the toenails and bones of St.

The faith healing empire, shielded but the blind faith of the credulous, claims to resurrect the death and heal the dying. The ministries, they discovered, were rife with deception, chicanery, and often outright fraud. When I saw this book, I had to pick it up.