Stigmata: A Medieval Mystery In A Modern Age

Paperback | March 1, 1996

byTed Harrison

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A ten-year-old black girl in California bled from her palms, feet, right side, and the middle of her forehead for nineteen days in 1972, until good Friday, when the bleeding stopped. A Washington, D.C., priest experienced spontaneous bleeding from his writsts, feet, and right side in 1991. Since St. Francis of Assisi in the thirteenth century, ordinary people have suffered spontaneous lesions and bleeding resembling the wounds received by Christ during the crucifixion. Until recently, the occurrences of this religious and medical phenomenon had been limited to European cultures, but more and more cases of stigmata are being reported in Latin America and the United States. Including a startling analysis of the socioeconomic conditions that might give rise to the emergence of stigmatics at the end of another millennium and interviews with a medical expert on stigmata, this intriguing and objective examination is one of the most controversial books about religious phenomena since Embraced by the Light.

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Since St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century, ordinary people have suffered spontaneous and bleeding lesions on their hands and feet, resembling the wounds received by Christ during the Crucifixion. In this startling look at the prevalence of stigmata, Ted Harrison, a former religious correspondent for the BBC, examines cases of thi...

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A ten-year-old black girl in California bled from her palms, feet, right side, and the middle of her forehead for nineteen days in 1972, until good Friday, when the bleeding stopped. A Washington, D.C., priest experienced spontaneous bleeding from his writsts, feet, and right side in 1991. Since St. Francis of Assisi in the thirteent...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.85 × 5.1 × 0.5 inPublished:March 1, 1996Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140252053

ISBN - 13:9780140252057

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Table of Contents

StigmataAcknowledgments
Introduction
1. Marks of Crucifixion
2. A Medical View
3. Cases from the Past
4. Cases from the Present
5. Authentication
6. Why Then?
7. Finding One's Own Conclusion
8. Epilogue

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Since St. Francis of Assisi in the 13th century, ordinary people have suffered spontaneous and bleeding lesions on their hands and feet, resembling the wounds received by Christ during the Crucifixion. In this startling look at the prevalence of stigmata, Ted Harrison, a former religious correspondent for the BBC, examines cases of this phenomenon. As recently as 1991, men, women and children have been made living proof of this mystery. What does it mean? Why does it happen? Stigmata: A Medieval Mystery in a Modern Age can't explain everything, but it can help you understand enough to wonder.