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The Faith Healers James Randi, The Celebrated Magician, Has Written A Damning Indictment Of The Faith Healing Practices Of The Leading Televangelists And Others Who Claim Divine Healing Powers Randi And His Team Of Researchers Attended Scores Of Miracle Services And Often Were Pronounced Healed Of The Nonexistent Illnesses They Claimed They Viewed First Hand The Tragedies Resulting From The Wide Spread Belief That Faith Healing Can Cure Every Conceivable Disease The Ministries, They Discovered, Were Rife With Deception, Chicanery, And Often Outright FraudSelf Annointed Ministers Of God Convince The Gullible That They Have Been Healed And That They Should Pay For The Service The Faith Healers Examines In Depth The Reasons For Belief In Faith Healing And The Catastrophic Results For The Victims Of These Hoaxes Included In Randi S Book Are Profiles Of A Highly Profitable Psychic Dentist , And The Vatican Approved Wizard


10 thoughts on “The Faith Healers

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    If I were to offer up a prayer of my own, I would ask a deity to grant my species the ability to adopt a dignified, responsible, and caring exuberance toward living, rather than a quavering, dependent vigil awaiting death To recognize that nature has neither a preference for our species nor a bias against it takes only a little courage I believe that we have evolved to the point where we no longer need gurus to supply us with magical formulas for our lives We must learn to ignore silly noIf I were to offer up a prayer of my own, I would ask a deity to grant my species the ability to adopt a dignified, responsible, and caring exuberance toward living, rather than a quavering, dependent vigil awaiting death To recognize that nature has neither a preference for our species nor a bias against it takes only a little courage I believe that we have evolved to the point where we no longer need gurus to supply us with magical formulas for our lives We must learn to ignore silly notions invented by opportunists who see us as sheep willing to be shearedJames Randi, My favorite passage from the book.I will review this book with few strict personal thoughts There is no greater joy in being an atheist, rationalist and skeptic than the awareness that you have intellectual heroes who can think unthinkable and explain unexplained and science on your side The Amazing James Randi is one of those whose invaluable contribution has lit the lamp of rational thinking Not one person around the world manged to win his JREF One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge since 1996 shows the fakery of faith healers, card readers and non sense preached by religious charlatans All they had to do is just perform their psychic or other supernatural powers , which they so often claim, under the simple observations by scientists to claim one million dollar Many known frauds tried and without a surprise got insulted and exposed by Randi I am, no doubt, aware in advance that no expos can shake the faith of weak minded people in faith healers or supernatural powers because the very foundation of their belief system depends on faith not reason So there can be no cure for such illness In the end, I remember in his rare appearance, Hitchens complimented Randi by saying Any magic you frauds and scam artists can do, we can do better, you lose and we keep the money of JREF challenge and that seems to be a real talking to me


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    The faith healing empire, shielded but the blind faith of the credulous, claims to resurrect the death and heal the dying 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 It is baffling that the vulnerable, knee deep in debt, do not ask why their stone deaf and stone blind friend in the sky would want a million dollars James Randi has spent decades of his life debunking t The faith healing empire, shielded but the blind faith of the credulous, claims to resurrect the death and heal the dying 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 It is baffling that the vulnerable, knee deep in debt, do not ask why their stone deaf and stone blind friend in the sky would want a million dollars James Randi has spent decades of his life debunking the practices of pseudoscience This book talks extensively about the functioning of such industries, bringing to light it s fallacious assertions


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    The Faith Healers by James Randi Mr James Randi the renowned magician uncovers the fraud behind faith healers and is not too shy to expose them in his classic work This 318 page book was originally released in 1989 and is composed of the following eighteen chapters 1 The Origins of Faith Healing, 2 Faith Healing in Modern Times, 3 The Church View, 4 The Financial Aspects, 5 The Mail Operations of Faith Healers, 6 A.A Allen and Miracle Valley, 7 Leroy Jenkins and the 100,000 Challen The Faith Healers by James Randi Mr James Randi the renowned magician uncovers the fraud behind faith healers and is not too shy to expose them in his classic work This 318 page book was originally released in 1989 and is composed of the following eighteen chapters 1 The Origins of Faith Healing, 2 Faith Healing in Modern Times, 3 The Church View, 4 The Financial Aspects, 5 The Mail Operations of Faith Healers, 6 A.A Allen and Miracle Valley, 7 Leroy Jenkins and the 100,000 Challenge, 8 W.V Grant and the Eagle s Nest, 9 Peter Popoff and His Wonderful Machine, 10 Oral Roberts and the City of Faith, 11.A Word of Knowledge from Pat Robertson, 12.The Psychic Dentist and an Unamazing Grace, 13 Father DiOrio Vatican Approved Wizard, 14.The Lesser Lights, 15.Practical Limitations of Medical Science, 16 Where is the Evidence 17 Legal Aspects, and 18 Amen Positives 1 It starts out with a forward from Carl Sagan that is always positive 2 A well written, well thought out book that is fascinating, and infuriating 3 As a magician of international fame, Mr Randi knows fakery when he sees one and this wonderful book provides ample evidence for it A great skeptic indeed 4 Exposes so many scoundrels it s truly jaw dropping 5 The origins of faith healing explained 6 Mr Randi tackles the most fascinating cases 7 The most famous Christian shrines debunked 8 The methodology of examining claims 9 Great use of scripture to support religious beliefs that would allow frauds to take advantage of their subjects The importance of instilling unquestioning faith 10 The inquisition of witches 11 Not an anti religious book In fact, many of the skeptics were theologians 12 The Financial Aspects chapter will infuriate 13 The marketing machine behind the fraud 14 The danger of believing miracles occurred An important message that needs to be conveyed 15 So called healees exposed 16 Mr Randi shows his great skeptical instincts 17 The secret behind calling out audience members 18 The power of divine financial advice 19 Claims debunked, over and over 20 Shotgun techniques exposed 21 Prophets exposed 22 How cultural biases predispose people into believing in the possibility of faith healing 23 The inefficacy of prayers 24 Is faith healing real Answered to satisfaction 25 The truth as a dissonant reality 26 How blind faith hurts children who do not get the medical attention that they need 27 Fascinating from cover to cover Negatives 1 Of course a book written in 1989 will be dated in some areas but too small an issue to derail this classic and surprisingly enough a lot of the main culprits are still in business 2 Waiting for an update to this masterpiece In summary, a fascinating and an important book Faith healing is dangerous because it allows unsuspecting subjects to rely on it without any objective evidence of its efficacy and in doing so may relinquish the use of proven scientific methods Mr Randi should be commended for this great work of exposing scoundrels who take advantage of others for personal benefit at the expense of their financial, and overall well being Bravo


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    James Randi is a badass Nuff said


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    What areas concerning people s beliefs are most easily exploitable by con artists Without a doubt it would have to be religious beliefs Faith Healers tackles this subject and uses investigations carried out by James Randi of many so called faith healers as its material Some of the faith healers investigated are W.V Grant, A.A Allen, Peter Popoff, Oral Roberts and even Pat Robertson Randi starts with a little background into the phenomenon of supernatural beliefs in humans and its origins b What areas concerning people s beliefs are most easily exploitable by con artists Without a doubt it would have to be religious beliefs Faith Healers tackles this subject and uses investigations carried out by James Randi of many so called faith healers as its material Some of the faith healers investigated are W.V Grant, A.A Allen, Peter Popoff, Oral Roberts and even Pat Robertson Randi starts with a little background into the phenomenon of supernatural beliefs in humans and its origins before the advent of science 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 Throughout this book Randi issues a challenge to the faith healers to produce evidence for their so called healings and have independent doctors make statements regarding the claims etc Surprisingly enough there is not one faith healer that is able to produce and substantiate claims of healing In fact, it s very sad to read about people even dying after attending a religious service and believing their affliction was healed by one of these televangelist types I found it also interesting to read about some of the exposures of the practices of these healers Many of them have lists generated by a computer with only individual names changed and sent out to gullible people asking for money Many times these means are how the healers support themselves Prey on the public and beg for money that Jesus needs This book serves as a lesson that no matter what are beliefs may be we should never fail to exercise restraint in the face of terrific claims and also always keep our rational abilities intact By using reason alone a lot of us could avoid being duped and potentially deceived into believing lies which only serve to fatten TV preachers pockets This book I would rate a 4 despite the eye opening information it contains The reason is the subject matter is somewhat long over 300 pages and I feel many people unless acquainted with who these healers are may lose interest after reading about similar cases But nonetheless still a good read


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    This is a wonderful and informative look into the world of faith healers Who can forget how James Randi and his team destroyed Peter Popoff s ministry when with hours of secretly recorded audio tapes he exposed his word of knowledge to be not the Voice of God, but the voice of his wife who was sending information about the people being healed that she had gathered earlier while mulling through the crowd to a hidden radio receiver in Popoff s ear Well, the faithful, that s who can forget This is a wonderful and informative look into the world of faith healers Who can forget how James Randi and his team destroyed Peter Popoff s ministry when with hours of secretly recorded audio tapes he exposed his word of knowledge to be not the Voice of God, but the voice of his wife who was sending information about the people being healed that she had gathered earlier while mulling through the crowd to a hidden radio receiver in Popoff s ear Well, the faithful, that s who can forget Peter Popoff has since made a comeback, proving that you can indeed fool some of the people all of the time At least Randi limited the damage that one man could inflict upon the innocent, and perhaps in a world where people are content to chose comfort over truth, that s the most for which anyone can hope A hard hitting book, highly recommended


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    The Faith Healers by James Randi Prometheus Books 1989 615.852 The magician James Randi has made it his mission to expose fraud in the world of religion and faith healing when a preacher healer claims that a god has empowered him or her to heal the sick at large healing services during which miracles of healing may occur e.g., the blind may see, the lame may walk, etc Randi has targeted many of theprominent healers for study and then has publicly revealed their tricks that m The Faith Healers by James Randi Prometheus Books 1989 615.852 The magician James Randi has made it his mission to expose fraud in the world of religion and faith healing when a preacher healer claims that a god has empowered him or her to heal the sick at large healing services during which miracles of healing may occur e.g., the blind may see, the lame may walk, etc Randi has targeted many of theprominent healers for study and then has publicly revealed their tricks that make the supposed healing occur Randi publicly exposed Peter Popoff, former California based faith healer, on the Tonight Show in this manner The takeaway they are all frauds My rating 7.5 10, finished 1990


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    This is a very good book and quite revealing about these faith healers The only thing that prevents a five star rating from me is the fact that it is now pretty dated I have grown up seeing a whole new generation of these healers and didn t know who many of the people Randi writes about are 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 The only thing that prevents a five star rating from me is the fact that it is now pretty dated I have grown up seeing a whole new generation of these healers and didn t know who many of the people Randi writes about are 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 to fit today s audiences


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    James Randi is not a great writer you will not be dazzled by his prose However, he is a very competent writer, and this book is a very thorough and careful treatment of a fascinating topic, that of charlatans in the healing industry At times the book may seem too thorough, as he gives example after example of their chicanery, but as the evidence mounts, his thesis becomesandinescapable I read the book as research for a novel I am currently writing, but I found it fascinating I w James Randi is not a great writer you will not be dazzled by his prose However, he is a very competent writer, and this book is a very thorough and careful treatment of a fascinating topic, that of charlatans in the healing industry At times the book may seem too thorough, as he gives example after example of their chicanery, but as the evidence mounts, his thesis becomesandinescapable I read the book as research for a novel I am currently writing, but I found it fascinating I would recommend this book, but be prepared to be saddened and disturbed


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    James Randi s research into modern faith healers is extensive and often daring His own career as an illusionist gives him particular insight into how some faith healers fool people with their stage acts The problem is, his writing style is awkward and unappealing it manages to be simultaneously dry and excessively personal I found myself wishing he d done the research, but found someone else to actually write the book.


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