"The position on the historicity of miracles taken here does not pretend to do more than outline the major features of contemporary scholarship in the field. It affirms that Jesus was in some sense a miracle-worker even though the question of the historicity of particular miracle-events remains unresolved."
"People have sometimes used the miracles as proofs of Jesus' divine status. As understandable as this may be, we can be fairly certain nothing was further from the mind of Jesus himself."
"Miracles are central to Jesus' ministry on behalf of the kingdom. Their purpose is not to divinise Jesus, but to reveal the power of God at work in unexpected ways. They call people to conversion of heart, vision and action so that they too become signs of God's dynamic reign in the form of fully inclusive, healing, liberating community.
"The miracles also reveal that God's reign touches every aspect of life including bodily healing, spiritual wholeness and overturning human prejudice and unjust social systems. Finally, beyond questions of historicity, miracle-stories of Jesus raising the dead and nature-miracles point to the early Church's belief that Jesus reveals a God who is also sovereign over death and the whole creation. "
"the emerging pattern accepted by all recognized scholars today is that Jesus of Nazareth was a teacher and prophet who understood himself and was understood by others with respect to the parameters of first century Judaism. Within that context, he probably shared the contemporary belief in the immanent arrival of the end-times. However, Jesus' public ministry reveals something more important, namely, that the coming reign of God is "good news" for those who can receive it. He spoke about this in his teachings and parables and symbolised its reality through his healings, exorcisms and other wondrous deeds. "
CHRIST IN MAJESTY
It is hard to escape forming the view that Father Hall is so anxious to play the academic that he avoids authentic teaching. He prances about with playful footwork, now quoting others, now almost making a statement, now almost owning a particular view, but never asserting the Church's teaching. As for the Historicity of the Gospels, Father Hall is studious in one thing : he omits any mention of the Second Vatican Council's " Dei Verbum" which affirms the Historicity of the Gospels.
When he does allow a particular point it is often not consistent with the Church's teaching or the Divinity of Christ. e.g. : " he probably shared the contemporary belief in the immanent arrival of the end-times"
Jesus did not " believe" ANYTHING God knows EVERYTHING.
Only a very troubled man could write : " Despite what Jesus says.....".Father's further writings begin to outline the extent of his problems. One wonders what he might teach when lecturing the future Priests and Schoolteachers of Brisbane?
One wonders what greater problems Australian Catholic University's Banyo Campus might harbour?