The Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Seven Types of Everyday Miracle

Jennifer G. Jesse
2019 American Journal of Theology and Philosophy  
80 cloth. (reviewed by Jennifer g. Jesse, Truman state university) Two prominent questions come to mind when i think of readers likely to pick up a book with this title. Those attracted to a study of miracles will probably ask, "how can miracles be 'everyday'?" And those who eagerly anticipate donald crosby unfolding another dimension of his religious naturalism might well ask, "Why do we still need to be talking about 'miracles'?" in The Extraordinary in the Ordinary, crosby weaves a gracious
more » ... nd expansive argument that brings both kinds of readers to the same existential meeting place, a space where we take time to stand together in awe and wonder at the inexplicable mysteries of even the most seemingly mundane aspects of our daily lives-mysteries that draw us irresistibly toward something more in the depths of our experience. This book continues to develop the religion of nature crosby has been writing about for some time, but with increasing intensity in recent years. 1 in this latest installment of his project, he aims to cut across the particular conceptual and doctrinal beliefs that divide us and evoke something deeper in our nature that's common to all of us, regardless of religious tradition. his purpose is to encourage "a radical shift of attitude and receptivity," "a revolutionary shift of heart and mind," enabling us to perceive "the abundance of stupendous miracles that already pervade the so-called ordinary world" (70). crosby defines "miracles" quite broadly as "powerful inducements to wonder" (xiv), a wondrousness that evokes profound reflection on our participation "in the majesty of the world," which in turn kindles a sense of focus and urgency "to make the most of our brief lives, especially with respect to the effects for good our lives can have for others, both human and nonhuman" (xiv). As the title of the book indicates, crosby's thesis is that these extraordinary dimensions of our experience inhabit the ordinary events of daily living. from a religious naturalist perspective, miracles are not alien occurrences that break
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