Some humans are born with unique, supernatural talents.
The supernatural element in religion can only be the divine character of the moral law.
It is true that he denies the doctrines of a supernatural government of the world and of a future life.
It must be noted that the processes described by the alchemists of the 13th century are not put forward as being miraculous or supernatural; they rather represent the methods employed by nature, which it is the end of the alchemist's art to reproduce artificially in the laboratory.
I don't think an admission they were dealing with a psychic or someone with supernatural abilities would sit well with their suit and necktie image.
The term is particularly associated with the supernatural factors in Christianity.
He is the leader of a host of monkeys who aid in these supernatural deeds.
On the other hand, there may be a Christianity which seeks to extricate the " spiritual " from the" supernatural " (Arnold Toynbee, characterizing T.H.Green).
Accredited with the possession of supernatural powers he gathered around him a strong following.
The religiosity of the Quakers, with their doctrines of the " inner light " and the influence of, the Spirit, has decided affinities with mysticism; and the autobiography of George Fox (1624-1691), the founder of the sect, proceeds throughout on the assumption of supernatural guidance.
The supernatural element that is prominent in the Old Testament is God's providential guidance and guardianship of His people, and His teaching and training of them by His prophets.
The prophet regards Yahweh's administrative control as immediate:' he introduces no angels or other subordinate supernatural agents - the cherubs and the " men " of ix.
Tradition centres rather upon the fox (kitsune) and the badger (mujina), which are credited with supernatural powers, the former being worshipped as the messenger of the harvest god, while the latter is regarded as a mischievous rollicker.
The miracles connected with the beginnings of the national history - the period of the Exodus - appear on closer inspection to have been ordinarily natural phenomena, to which a supernatural character was given by their connexion with the prophetic word of Moses.
Of the miracles of Jesus, Bushnell says, " The character of Jesus is ever shining with and through them, in clear self-evidence leaving them never to stand as raw wonders only of might, but covering them with glory as tokens of a heavenly love, and acts that only suit the proportions of His personal greatness and majesty " (Nature and the Supernatural, p. 364).
No Protestant, of course, can agree with Roman Catholic theology that (supernatural) faith is an obedient assent to church authority and the mysteries it dictates.
I); as the earliest of the Wisdom books, it is the friendliest to supernatural machinery.
The limits within which the reason may be used have been laid down differently in different churches and periods of thought: on the whole, modern Christianity, especially in the Protestant churches, tends to allow to reason a wide field, reserving, however, as the sphere of faith the ultimate (supernatural) truths of theology.
The central apologetic thesis is the uniqueness of the "only-begotten"; it is here that " the supernatural " passes into the substance of Christian faith.
Abbott [Christianity supernatural and divine, but not miraculous], Through Nature to Christ (1877), The Kernel and the Husk (1886), The Spirit on the Waters (1897), &c., or A.
They differ from the older writers in practically ignoring the physical supernatural - that is, though they regard the miracles of the ancient times (referred to particularly in Wisdom xvi.-xix.) as historical facts, they say nothing of a miraculous element in the life of their own time.
He heard supernatural voices proclaiming mercy to the faithful, vengeance on the guilty, and mighty cries that the wrath of God was at hand.
Nature according to him is purely physical; it has no purpose, no will, no laws imposed by extraneous authority, no supernatural ethical sanction.
In this process the conviction of the reconciliation of the sinner with God, of the salvation of the world and the individual through Christ, fell into the background before the vindication of supernatural truths intellectually conceived.
In the writings of the pre-exilian period we have frequent references to supernatural personalities good and bad.
The same idea pervades old medical treatises; for a drug was not a chemical substance taking effect naturally on the human system, but something into which a supernatural virtue had been magically introduced, in order the more easily and efficaciously to be brought to bear upon the patient.
Still, it is not certain that the shock of Copernicanism on supernatural Christianity is exhausted.
deus, applied to all those superhuman beings of the heathen mythologies who exercise power over nature and man and are often identified with some particular sphere of activity; and also to the visible material objects, whether an image of the supernatural being or a tree, pillar, &c. used as a symbol, an idol.
The identity and personality of this "Friend of God," who bulks so largely in the great collection of mystical literature, and is everywhere treated as a half supernatural character, is one of the most difficult problems -in the history of mysticism.
Wolff's list is of some historical importance - atheism, deism (a God without care for men) and naturalism (denial of supernatural revelation); anthropomorphism (assigning a human body to God); materialism, and idealism (non-existence of matter); paganism (polytheism); Manichaeism, Spinozism, Epicureanism.
But if evolution is to be the whole truth regarding Christianity, we should have to surrender both supernatural revelation and divine redemption.
The emergence of Satan as a definite supernatural personality, the head or prince of the world of evil spirits, is entirely a phenomenon of post-exilian Judaism.
In 1872 the anonymous publication of Supernatural Religion created considerable sensation.
miraculum, from mirari, to wonder), anything wonderful, beyond human power, and deviating from the common action of the laws of nature, a supernatural event.
At rare intervals a vision might perhaps be vouchsafed to some Montanistic old woman, or a brother might now and then have a dream that seemed to be of supernatural origin; but the overmastering power of religious enthusiasm was a thing of which the Montanists knew as little as the Catholics.
Unlike the American Indians, who supposed Columbus and his crew to be supernatural beings, and their ships in some way endowed with life, and were thrown into convulsions of terror by the first discharge of firearms which they witnessed, these Australians were neither excited to wonder by the ship nor overawed by the superior number and unknown weapons of the strangers.
It is true that the philosophy of Epicurus put great stress on these, as affording the explanation of the origin of supernatural beliefs.
(a) According to the view put forward by Dr Tylor, the sacrifice is originally a gift, offered to supernatural beings by man for the purpose of securing their favour or minimizing their hostility.
It consisted of two essays, the first of which was designed to prove that oracles were not given by the supernatural agency of demons, and the second that they did not cease with the birth of Christ.
17 Essays on Supernatural Religion, 264, 265.
Primitive Semitic customs recognize that when persons are laid under a ban or taboo (herem) restrictions are imposed on contact with them, and that the breach of these involves supernatural dangers.
This traditional conservatism survived in the statement, which, while it caused vehement discussion when the book appeared, was yet not so much characteristic of the man as of the school in which he had been trained, that " in no intelligible sense can any one who denies the supernatural origin of the religion of Christ be termed a Christian," which term, he explained, was used not as " a name of praise," but simply as " a designation of belief."
Despite the straitened circumstances of Israel, an army is mustered, a sudden blow is struck at the Philistines, and, as before, supernatural assistance is at hand.
(2) Raymond of Sabunde's Liber naturae sive creaturarum (1434-36) bears also the title Theologia Naturalis - but not from the author's own hand,3 though his introduction to the book in question, the Prologue, put upon the Index at Rome for its daring, describes the " book of nature " as " connatural to us," in contrast with the " supernatural" book, the Bible, which belongs to the clerics.
Recognizing a supernatural element in the Bible, he nevertheless allowed to the full the critical exercise of reason in the interpretation of its dogmas (cp. Otto Pfleiderer, Development of Theology, pp. 89 ff.).
As his design took shape he expanded the supernatural element and made the narratives autobiographical.
The nephilim were a monstrous brood begotten of the intercourse of the supernatural beings called " sons of God " with the women of earth.
This gives a new and moral filling to the conception of " supernatural revelation."
Knowledge, or a branch H of knowledge, is in the Theological state, when it supposes the phenomena under consideration to be due to immediate volition, either in the Object or in some supernatural being.
Like Plato, he believed in real Universals, real essences, real causes; he believed in the unity of the universal, and in the immateriality of essences; he believed in the good, and that there is a good of the universe; he believed that God is a living being, eternal and best, who is a supernatural cause of the motions and changes of the natural world, and that essences and matter are also necessary causes; he believed in the divine intelligence and in the immortality of our intelligent souls; he believed in knowledge going from sense to reason, that science requires ascent to principles and is descent from principles, and that dialectic is useful to science; he believed in happiness involving virtue, and in moral virtue being a control of passions by reason, while the highest happiness is speculative wisdom.
deniers of supernatural revelation; those who extend the province of reason in theology, and push back the frontier of revelation, are often called Rationalists!'
Formally, every one in that age admitted the supernatural.
The question was, whose supernatural ?
These latter, it may be remarked, are more unambiguously supernatural.
Bushnell (in Nature and the Supernatural).
But there exists no account at first hand of the exact facts, and Swedenborg's own reference to one of these instances admits of another explanation than the supernatural one.
It follows that no revealed religion, so far as matter or substance is concerned, can contain anything beyond this law; nor can any fact in the world of experience be recognized by us as supernatural.
All is supernatural, wakan.
While Protestants, he thinks, have undermined it by a deeper conception of faith,' Roman Catholics have come to attach more value to obedience and " implicit belief " than to knowledge; and even the Eastern Church lives to-day by the cultus more than by the vision of supernatural truth.
Again, Harnack gravely differs from Catholic dogmatists in assigning a historical origin to what in their view is essentially divine - supernatural in origin, supernatural even in its declaration by the church.
The doctrine of monotheism was formally expressed in the period immediately before and during the Exile, in Deuteronomy" and Isaiah; and at the same time we find angels prominent in Ezekiel who, as a prophet of the Exile, may have been influenced by the hierarchy of supernatural beings in the Babylonian religion, and perhaps even by the angelology of Zoroastrianism."
The function of the angels is that of the supernatural servants of God, His agents and representatives; the Angel of Yahweh, as we have seen, is a manifestation of God.
A supernatural pride was blended with a natural anxiety, and it was at this juncture that Origen brought to light again a book written in the days of Marcus Aurelius, which but for the great Alexandrian might have been lost for ever.
It is much more reasonable to believe that each part of the world has its own special deity; prophets and supernatural messengers had forsooth appeared in more places than one.
Supernatural Religion (1874-1877; collected 1889) are often masterly conservative interpretations of the external evidence; but they leave this evidence still inconclusive, and the formidable contrary internal evidence remains practically untouched.
In the second place, and most usually, it is applied to a purely intellectual, metaphysical disbelief in the existence of any god, or of anything supernatural.
The belief that the Church was a supernatural institution found expression in the Jewish notion of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.
This did not mean that the Church ceased to regard itself as a supernatural institution, but only that its supernatural character was shown in a different way.
A Christian was still dependent upon divine aid for salvation, and his life was still supernatural at least in theory.
Christianity is at once a revealed law which a man must keep, and by keeping which he earns salvation, and a supernatural power whereby his nature is transformed and the divine quality of immortality imparted to it.
From both points of view Christianity is a supernatural system without which salvation is impossible, and in the Christian Church it is preserved and mediated to the world.
In natural soothsaying this frenzy is the necessary physical accompaniment of an afflatus which, though it seems supernatural to a rude people, is really akin to poetic inspiration.
The cherub-images, where such occur, represent to the imagination the supernatural bearers of Yahweh's throne or chariot, or the guardians of His abode; the cherub-carvings at least symbolize His presence, and communicate some degree of His sanctity.
2) as a divine title "that sitteth upon the cherubim"; here it is doubted whether the cherubim are the material ones in the temple, or those which faith assumes and the artist tries to represent - the supernatural steeds upon which Yahweh issues forth to interfere in human affairs.
There was no idea of constructing a systematic theology; Christ was still the Jewish Messiah, and His Coming was conceived of as the Jews conceived of the coming of the Messiah, as a great supernatural event transforming the face of things and inaugurating the reign of God.
We remember that the Christian preachers were preaching before all things a Person, but a Person whose interest for these new converts lay chiefly in the fact that He was about to come and establish a supernatural kingdom for which they had to fit themselves.
Throughout the apostolic age Christians were conscious of being carried forward in a great movement, the origin and motive-power of which they regarded as supernatural.
England has made many weighty contributions both to Introduction and Canon, especially Lightfoot, Essays on Supernatural Religion (collected in 1889); editions of Books of the New Testament and Apostolic Fathers; Westcott, editions; Hort, especially Romans and Ephesians (posthumous, 1895); Swete, editions; Knowling and others.
seemed to lose their old personality and to be swayed by a supernatural influence.
The mass of the nation, of course, was always much more struck by the "signs" and predictions of the prophets than by their spiritual ideas; we see how the idea of supernatural insight and power in everyday matters dominates the popular conception of Elijah and Elisha in the books of Kings.
It need mean no more (Lightfoot, Essays on Supernatural Religion, 172 seq.) than narratives of (or concerning) the Lord; on the other hand, the phrase is capable of a much more definite meaning, and there are many scholars who hold that it refers to a document which contained a collection of the sayings of Jesus.
fatum, fate, destiny), the common term for a supposed race of supernatural beings who magically intermeddle in human affairs.
There seems little in the characteristics of these fairies of romance to distinguish them from human beings, except their supernatural knowledge and power.
"In the course of a very few years, as the recollection of the man's personality becomes misty, his origin grows mysterious, his career takes a legendary hue, his birth and death were both supernatural; in the next generation the names of the elder gods get introduced into the story, and so the marvellous tradition works itself into a myth, until nothing but a personal incarnation can account for such a series of prodigies.
without supernatural forms, which are models of individuals,.
is the contrary doctrine: a thing is always a separate individual, a substance (obvia), natural such as earth or supernatural such.
Philosophic differences are best felt by their practical effects: philosophically, Platonism is a philosophy of universal forms, Aristotelianism a philosophy of individual substances: practically, Plato makes us think first of the supernatural and the kingdom of heaven, Aristotle of the natural and.
Plato's hypothesis of supernatural forms, and advance his own.
From this rare personal reminiscence we see at a glance that the mind of Plato and the mind of Aristotle were son, different, that their philosophies must diverge'; the one towards the supernatural, the abstract, the discursive, and the other towards thenatural, the substantial, the scientific.
What differentiates man from other natural and organic substances, and approximates him to a supernatural substance, God, is reason (Aoyos), or intellect (vows).
A man then is a third kind of substance, like a natural substance in bodily matter, like a supernatural substance in divine reason or intellect.
- In this natural world of real substances, human good is not an imitation of a supernatural universal form of the good, but is human happiness; and this good is the same both of the individual as a part and of the state as a whole.
There remains too the consequence that there are different substances, separate from but related to one another; and these substances of three irreducible kinds, natural, supernatural, human.
Platonism preceded it, and was the metaphysical doctrine that all things are supernatural - forms, gods, souls.
Aristotelianism intervenes between ancient Platonism and modern Idealism, and is the metaphysical doctrine that all things are substances, natural and supernatural and human.
It is a philosophy of substantial things, standing as a via media between a philosophy of the supernatural and a philosophy of mind.
Are the things which surround me in what I call the environment, - the men, the animals, the plants, the ground, the stones, the water, the air, the moon, the sun, the stars and God - are they shadows, unsubstantial things, as formerly Platonism made all things to be except the supernatural world of forms, gods and souls?
The Aristotelian answer is - " Yes, all things are substances, but not all supernatural, nor all mental; for some are natural substances, or bodies "; and by that answer Aristotelianism stands or falls.
He was still the hope of Israel, but the hope too was only to be read in books, and these were interpreted of a future which was no longer the ideal development of forces already at work, but wholly new and supernatural.
His purpose was, as Otto Pfleiderer says, "to connect the metaphysical ideas, which had been arrived at by means of philosophical dialectic, directly with the persons and events of the Gospel narratives, thus raising these above the region of ordinary experience into that of the supernatural, and regarding the most absurd assertions as philosophically justified.
Barton turned out afterwards to have been an impostor, but she had duped More, who now lived in a superstitious atmosphere of convents and churches, and he had given his countenance to her supernatural pretensions.
The author seems to imply that he had received supernatural communications from the spirit of his ancestor.
The invocation of a powerful name over a thing or person brings him or it within its sphere of influence, and actually communicates thereto the demoniac or supernatural power wielded by the owner of the name.
Though less superstitious than the Tahitians, the idolatry of the Sandwich Islanders was equally barbarous and sanguinary, as, in addition to the chief objects of worship included in the mythology of the other islands, the supernatural beings supposed to reside in the volcanoes and direct the action of subterranean fires rendered the gods objects of peculiar terror.
4); that bodies in nature are obviously natural substances, and as obviously not the only kind of substance; and that there is supernatural substance, e.g.
At the present day realism is despised on the ground that its differentiation of body and soul, natural and supernatural, ignores the unity of being.
The point of true realism is Aristotle's point that the world consists of such distinct, though related, things, and therefore of substances, natural and supernatural.
The independence of metaphysics as the science of being, the principles of contradiction and excluded middle with their qualifications, the distinction without separation between substance and attributes, the definition of substance as a distinct individual thing, the discovery that the world consists of substances existing apart but related to one another, the distinction between material and efficient causes or matter and force, the recognition both of the natural and of the supernatural - all these and many other half-forgotten truths are the reasons why we must always begin with the study of Aristotle's Metaphysics.
If it is not always easy to distinguish between gods and heroes, there is still greater difficulty in drawing a line between the former and other classes of supernatural beings, such as the " giants " (O.N.
Another class of supernatural beings was that of the dwarfs.
sign of the divine protection and of the supernatural power of the pope, the of supreme director of the expedition.
It is well known that he fed on inspirations, and expected each day the advent of some supernatural occurrence which should bring about the triumph of the Church.
As Dr Bence Jones concludes "His standard of duty was supernatural.
It owed much to the English deists, to the Pietistic movement, and to the French esprits forts who had already made a vigorous attack on the supernatural origin of the Scriptures.
The crux of the difficulty was the doctrine of the supernatural, the relation between revealed and natural religion.
In many parts of the world sorcerers are credited with supernatural powers over a man by an attack on his shadow.
The Messiah is very variously conceived: (i) "a passive, though supreme member of the Messianic Kingdom"; (2) "an active warrior who slays his enemies with his own hand"; (3) "one who slays his enemies by the word of his mouth, and rules by virtue of his justice, faith and holiness"; (4) a supernatural person, "eternal Ruler and Judge of Mankind" (R.
On these occasions the substance contained in the phial liquefies, and the Neapolitans see in this phenomenon a supernatural manifestation.
Supernatural influences were not wanting to urge him to this great enterprise.
As a proof of Elijah's supernatural power, it is stated that the prophet, for some unknown object, ran before the chariot to the entrance of Jezreel, a distance of at least 16 m.
Such a supernatural close is IIl perfect harmony with a career into every stage of which the supernatural enters as an essential feature.
to wield all sanctions, supernatural as well as natural, against the pretensions of any clergy, Catholic, Anglican or Presbyterian, to the exercise of an imperium in imperio.
by Bodhidharma, an ascetic who came from India on a missionary expedition, but that legend is also mixed with supernatural details.
As a youth Rothe had a bent towards a supernatural mysticism; his chosen authors were those of the romantic school, and Novalis remained throughout his life a special favourite.
As a preparation for this salvation supernatural revelation was required for the purifying and revivification of the religious consciousness, and the Saviour Himself had to appear in human history as a fresh miraculous creation, born of a woman but not begotten by a man.
In consequence of His supernatural birth the Saviour, or the second Adam, was free from original sin.
To a man who regarded the art of writing, of which at the best he had but a slight knowledge, as something supernatural, and who lived amongst illiterate people, an A B C may well have seemed more of the sacred book.
He tried to calm the unrest of his conscience by correspondence with the leaders of the evangelical revival on the continent, and sought for omens and supernatural guidance in texts and passages of scripture.
The supernatural claims of these pulpiteers to dominance in matters public or private were the main cause of a century of war and tumult.
The foremost and highest place, that of the " essential and supernatural " elements of religion, he would have reserved for its moral and spiritual truths, " its chief evidence and chief essence," " the truths to be drawn from the teaching and from the life of Christ," in whose character he did riot hesitate to recognize " the greatest of all miracles."
There are five kinds of currency in the islands, consisting of beads of glass and enamel, to which a supernatural origin is ascribed.
supernatural and daemonic characteristics, a judgment of God,.
SERAPHIM, the imaginary supernatural guardians of the threshold of Yahweh's sanctuary, only mentioned in Isa.
If so, Isaiah has transformed and ennobled these supernatural guardians of sacred things and persons.
Subordinate supernatural beings (angels and demons), though of course accepted as real, are ignored as having no importance for life.
The notion of a Yahweh scarcely less limited in power than man, the naïve views of supernatural beings and their nearness to man, and the persistence of features which stand relatively low in the scale of mental culture, only serve to enhance the reality of the spirit which inspired the endeavour to reform.
Although the national God was at once a transcendent ruler of the universe and also near at hand to man, the unconscious religious feeling found an outlet, not only in the splendid worship at Jerusalem, but in the more immediate intercessors, divine agencies, and the like; and when Judaism left its native soil the local supernatural beings revived - as characteristically as when the old placenames threw off their Greek dress - and they still survive, under a veneer of Mahommedanism, as the modern representatives of the Baals of the distant past.'
His orthodoxy had now quite gone by the board, and all his efforts were directed to the propaganda of a "moral system" which should replace supernatural Christianity.
Sometimes this insight is claimed as the result of the operation of some higher faculty or some supernatural revelation to the individual; in other instances the theosophical theory is not based upon any special illumination, but is simply put forward as the deepest speculative wisdom of its author.
iii., where the supernatural serpent is clearly acquainted with the properties of the tree of life.5 1 Fergusson, p. 259.
in Palestine) that supernatural beings can be fathers."
In many places streams or springs are credited with the power of removing barrenness which, in primitive thought, is often ascribed to supernatural malevolence.
The tradition of the people implied a sudden appearance of the Messiah, but Jesus made no claims to a supernatural origin and was content to be known as the son of Joseph and Mary (Mark vi.
Christianity in its complete Roman development is thus the coming of the supernatural into the natural.
In all this the supernatural is as vividly realized as in the Roman Church; it is only its mediation which is different.
With this interest is involved an attitude of mind toward the supernatural.
In science the process has been reversed; nature ascends, so to speak, into the region of the supernatural and subdues it to itself; the marvellous or miraculous is brought under the domain of natural law, the canons of physics extend over metaphysics, and religion takes its place as one element in the natural relationship of man to his environment.
There is, as we shall see afterwards, some ground for believing that there were circulated in England two rival poetic versions of the story of the encounters with supernatural beings: the one referring them to Beowulf the Dane, while the other (represented by the existing poem) attached them to the legend of the son of Ecgtheow, but ingeniously contrived to do some justice to the alternative tradition by laying the scene of the Grendel incident at the court of a Scylding king.
Sometimes Athena disguises him as a decrepit beggar, sometimes she bestows on him supernatural beauty and vigour.
The supernatural element is confined to an interference of the gods, which to the common eye hardly disturbs the natural current of affairs.
In the epics considerable merit is attached to a life of seclusion and ascetic practices by means of which man is considered capable of acquiring supernatural powers equal or even superior to those of the gods - a notion perhaps not unnaturally springing from the pantheistic conception.
While heretical on so many points, he was a firm believer in supernatural Christianity, and frequently took the field in defence of prophecy and miracle, including anointing the sick and touching for the king's evil.
His purpose was to defend what may be called a humanist position in moral philosophy; that is, to show that morality was not an affair of mysterious innate principles, or abstract relations, or supernatural sanctions, but depended on the familiar conditions of personal and social welfare.
In the former class he places supernatural beings (including men with man y as well as ghosts and spirits), blood, new-born children with their mothers, and corpses; which list might be considerably extended, for instance, by the inclusion of natural portents, and animals and plants such as are strikingly odd, dangerous or useful.
The Zunis applied the term a-hdi " All-Life " or " the Beings " to all supernatural beings, men, animals, plants, and many objects in nature regarded as personal existences, as well as to the higher anthropomorphic powers known as " Finishers or Makers of the Paths of Life," Report of Bureau of Ethnol.
The Tao-teh-king, or book of aphorisms on " the Tao and virtue " ascribed to Lao Tsze, is wholly unlike such a composition as Deuteronomy; and the disciples of Confucius carefully refrained from attributing to him any kind of supernatural inspiration in his conversations about social and personal morality.
They bear in themselves irrefutable proofs of their authenticity, bringing us face to face not with the Zoroaster of the legends but with a real person, announcing a new doctrine and way of salvation, no supernatural Being assured of victory, but a mere man, struggling with human conflicts of every sort, in the midst of a society of fellow-believers yet in its earliest infancy.
Wordsworth was to show the real poetry that lies hidden in commonplace subjects, while Coleridge was to treat supernatural subjects to illustrate the common emotions of humanity.
The supernatural has never received such treatment as in these two wonderful productions of his genius, and though the first of them remains a torso, it is the loveliest torso in the gallery of English literature.
He took for granted that all the so-called supernatural facts relating to the Old and New Testaments were explicable on natural principles.
Its central motive is to prove that all the objections raised against revealed or supernatural religion apply with equal force to the whole constitution of nature, and that the general analogy between the principles of divine government, as set forth by the biblical revelation, and those observable in the course of nature, leads us to the warrantable conclusion that there is one Author of both.
also believed a revolting story as to the supernatural swelling of the body of Judas Iscariot.
But once the idea of supernatural grace going along with office as such (of which we have already a trace in the Ignatian bishop, though without the notion of actual apostolic succession) arose in connexion with successio ab apostolis, the full development of the doctrine was but a matter of time.4 Literature.
The deists, differing widely in important matters of belief, were yet agreed in seeking above all to establish the certainty and sufficiency of natural religion in opposition to the positive religions, and in tacitly or expressly denying the unique significance of the supernatural revelation in the Old and New Testaments.
In none of them is any theory on the subject specially prominent, except that in their denial of miracles, of supernatural revelation, and a special redemptive interposition of God in history, they seem to have thought of providence much as the mass of their opponents did.
More certain, and also more striking, is the fact that the leading statesmen in the American War of Independence were emphatically deists; Benjamin Franklin (who attributes his position to the study of Shaftesbury and Collins), Thomas Paine, Washington and Jefferson, although they all had the greatest admiration for the New Testament story, denied that it was based on any supernatural revelation.
It is somewhat curious that some of those who claim Rabelais as an enemy of the supernatural in general have been the loudest to condemn this blemish, and that some of them have made the exceedingly lame excuse for him that it was a means of wrapping up his propaganda and keeping it and himself safe from the notice of the powers that were.
He criticized prevailing conceptions of the Trinity, the atonement, conversion, and the relations of the natural and the supernatural.
Four of his books were of particular importance: Christian Nurture (1847), in which he virtually opposed revivalism and "effectively turned the current of Christian thought toward the young"; Nature and the Supernatural (1858), in which he discussed miracles and endeavoured to "lift the natural into the supernatural" by emphasizing the supernaturalness of man; The Vicarious Sacrifice (1866), in which he contended for what has come to be known as the "moral view" of the atonement in distinction from the "governmental" and the "penal" or "satisfaction" theories; and God in Christ (1849) (with an introductory "Dissertation on Language as related to Thought"), in which he expressed, it was charged, heretical views as to the Trinity, holding, among other things, that the Godhead is "instrumentally three - three simply as related to our finite apprehension, and the communication of God's incommunicable nature."
New editions of his Nature and the Supernatural, Sermons for the New Life, and Work and Play, were published the same year.
The idea is that the dead man shall enter the spirit world in a manner befitting his earthly rank, or he would be despised by the other spirits, and also that if proper respect were not shown to his remains, he might bring supernatural punishment on his relations.
between the mundane and the supernatural.
St George Mivart (Genesis of Species) propounded a theory of a natural evolution of man as to his body, combined with a supernatural creation as to his soul; but this attempt to meet the difficulties on both sides seems to have satisfied neither.
Another sermon, published in 1734, on the Reality of Spiritual Light set forth what he regarded as the inner, moving principle of the revival, the doctrine of a " special " grace in the immediate and supernatural divine illumination of the soul.
He here breaks with Augustine and the Westminster Confession by arguing, consistently with his theory of the Will, that Adam had no more freedom of will than we have, but had a special endowment, a supernatural gift of grace, which by rebellion against God was lost, and that this gift was withdrawn from his descendants, not because of any fictitious imputation of guilt, but because of their real participation in his guilt by actual identity with him in his transgression.
During the latter years of his college life he contributed to the United States Literary Gazette some half-dozen poems, which are interesting for two reasons - (I) as showing the poet's early, book-mediated sympathy with nature and legendary heroisms, and (2) as being almost entirely free from that supernatural view of nature which his subsequent residence in Europe imparted to him.
It was long an ordinary practice with pious writers to cite Bunyan as an instance of the supernatural power of divine grace to rescue the human soul from the lowest depths of wickedness.
trans, across, scandere, climb, whence transcendere, to pass a limit), in philosophy, any system which emphasizes the limited character of that which can be perceived by the senses and is based on the view that true knowledge is intuitive, or supernatural.
Russian kamlanie) performs duties which differ in some respects from those of the ordinary magician; one of his main functions is to protect individuals from hostile supernatural influence.
Supernatural sacraments of course drop out.
What had been rational truth now claimed acceptance as supernatural mystery.
A terrible outbreak of plague occurred in Moscow in 1771, and the populace began to throng round an image of the Virgin to which they attributed supernatural healing power.
humanus, human, connected with homo, mankind), in general any system of thought or action which assigns a predominant interest to the affairs of men as compared with the supernatural or the abstract.
His next novel was The Crater, or Vulcan's Peak (1847), in which he attempted to introduce supernatural machinery with indifferent success; and this was succeeded by Oak Openings and Jack Tier (1848), the latter a curious rifacimento 'of' The Red Rover; by The Sea Lions (1849); and finally by The Ways of the Hour (1850), another novel with a purpose, and his last book.
We observe, again, the value that Plutarch attaches, not merely to the sustainment and consolation of rational religion, but to the supernatural communications vouchsafed by the divinity to certain human beings in dreams, through oracles, or by special warnings, like those of the genius of Socrates.
The same ascetic effort to attain by aloofness from the body a pure receptivity for supernatural influences, is exhibited in Neo-Pythagoreanism.
In one view it gives the believer strength to attain, by God's supernatural aid or " grace," a goodness of which he is naturally incapable; in the other view it gives him an assurance that, though he knows himself a sinner deserving of utter condemnation, a perfectly just God still regards him with favour on account of the perfect services and suffering of Christ.
At the same time it cannot be broadly said that Christianity took a decisive side in the metaphysical controversy on free-will and necessity; since, just as in Greek philosophy the need of maintaining freedom as the ground of responsibility clashes with the conviction that no one deliberately chooses his own harm, so in Christian ethics it clashes with the attribution of all true human virtue to supernatural grace, as well as with the belief in divine foreknowledge.
Neither natural nor human law, moreover, takes into account that supernatural happiness which is man's highest end.
This ghost acquires supernatural powers, which at any time it may return to exercise inimically to relations or acquaintances who offend it.
Concerning this there are several legends which state that the relics of Andrew were brought under supernatural guidance from Constantinople to the place where the modern St Andrews stands (Pictish, Muckross; Gaelic, Kilrymont).
The consciousness of being saved in this sense is now transmitted and mediated by the Christian church, but in the case of Jesus, its originator, it was an entirely new and original factor in the process of religious development, and in so far, like every new and higher stage of being, a supernatural revelation.
Supernatural beings play an important part in the Sickbed, the Wooing of and similar stories, but the relations between ordinary mortals and such divine or semi-divine personages is not easy to establish.
These supernatural beings are sometimes represented as immortal, but often they fall victims to the prowess of mortals.
Religion may here be defined as the conception of divine, or at least supernatural powers entertained by men in moments of gratitude or of need and distress, in hours of weakness, when, as Homer says, "all folk yearn after the gods."
Now this conception may be rude enough, and it is nearly related to purely magical ideas, to efforts to secure supernatural aid by magical ceremonies.
A fourth, like Euemerus, would get rid of the supernatural element altogether, and find only an imaginative rendering of actual history.
It is obvious that we need look no farther for the explanation of the supernatural events in Arab romances.
If we try beginning with myths of the origin of the world, we frequently find that it owes its origin to the activity of preexistent supernatural beings.
The chief being among the supernatural characters of Bushman mythology is the insect called the Mantis.'
Banks Islands are chiefly ancestor-worshippers, but they also believe in, and occasionally pray to, a being named I Qat, one of the prehuman race endowed with supernatural powers who here, as elsewhere, do duty as gods.
Qat is always accompanied by a powerful supernatural spider named Marawa.
In his youth he shot a supernatural crane, and can always fly about in its feathers, like Odin and Loki in Scandinavian myth.
Among the Papagos, on the eastern side of the Gulf of California, the coyote or prairie wolf is the creative hero and chief supernatural being.
Maui, the great divine hero of the supernatural race in Polynesia.
Man was made out of clay by a supernatural being.
All natural deaths are supernatural with them.
It will be observed that interviews with divine beings presented as little difficulty to the primitive minds of old as to the modern native; even the idea of intercourse of supernatural beings with mortals (vi.
the severing of the natural and the supernatural, the Catholic monism, the unity of the life of faith as willed by God.
the classification of the sciences, are without important significance, the positivistic tendency is prominent in all systems of thought which deny the supernatural and the metaphysical.
Fantastic apparitions of angelic and supernatural beings, gorgeously arrayed and mostly upon horseback, are frequently introduced.
Satan rules over a world of evil, supernatural agencies, whose dwelling is in the lower heavens (Eph.
The latter are thus no mere representations, but as it were emanations from the archetype, vehicles of the supernatural personality represented, and possessed of an inherent sacramental value and power, such as the name of Jesus had for the earliest believers.
The plural Semones was used of a class of supernatural beings, a kind of tutelary deities of the state.
Everywhere the supernatural elements are eliminated or subordinated, and the story becomes a drama of human motives, depending for its development on the interplay of human passions and activities.
Deidre still couldn't fathom that she'd been turned into some sort of supernatural creature.
Effie has hardly left Boston, Claire answered while Effie and Gladys continued to become soul mates of the supernatural, blabbering away in the corner.
Do you have any knowledge of the supernatural?
A deeper probe into her mind revealed that she was a Natural, a human with special, supernatural skills that made her of value to the White and Black Gods.
Stuck between two supernatural creatures, she couldn't help feeling there was no way she'd win this round.
The people there perform alchemy with those they meet and like, and sometimes it seems like a supernatural bonding.
believe in an objective devil - a real supernatural being with mind and purpose!
Your scam is to use supernatural blackmail to make gullible people believe in what you allege is true.
cantankerous supernatural personality stirring up the affairs of humanity with His index finger.
The problem with any ' supernatural causation ' is that by definition it cannot be proven.
Furthermore, my room has developed an icy chill, clearly supernatural forces are at work.
The title is taken from the 1945 Michael Redgrave supernatural chiller in which a ventriloquist is driven insane by his crazed dummy alter ego.
chivalry called Bushido, a supernatural virtue of its rulers.
He was full of faith and he was so contemplative and so meditative and so in awe of the supernatural.
cop action flick with a supernatural spin - the killer is already dead!
Which, of course, is not the case with a supernatural creator who might or might not exist.
Travel Risks Long-distance travel is rarely assured to be safe for any supernatural denizen of the World of Darkness.
And (hopefully) something to also satisfy my desires for teen drama with a supernatural edge.
But of course we don't, and eagerly embrace old and new photos of the supernatural with as much gullibility as any Victorian.
glitterati of the hill world are not immune from supernatural terror.
A legend attached to the castle tells of a supernatural knight who abducts a young heiress to the castle.
In my education my father had taken the greatest precautions that my mind should be impressed with no supernatural horrors.
Can it really be possible that a spectral, supernatural hound lurks on the barren moor?
Supernatural joy comes from the Spirit of God who only indwells true believers.
kachina dolls, the representations of supernatural beings.
As such, levitation is a ' paranormal ' or supernatural event comparable with miracles.
Painting can attain the same joyous losing of the ME in a supernatural revelation.
A robust mystery melodrama with no supernatural elements, just a lot of spooky atmosphere.
The truth was hidden in the supernatural, miracles and parables.
The band released one of the first albums on the Island label with Supernatural Fairy Tales, a classic of English psychedelia.
The Place of Deliverance in the Healing Process A Biblical understanding of the supernatural realms.
Bravo proceeds to introduce another red herring: True prophets are not guaranteed supernatural protection.
In Newman's time, the seeds were being sown of the denial of supernatural revelation.
They took a scalpel, in other words, to much of the supernatural world view of the Bible.
scathing about the possibility of the supernatural.
Many are now cut off from the supernatural and seek it in spurious ways through things like new age spirituality or new religious cults.
demonstrate anything supernatural the village has anywhere else in a sneak preview.
Even if the claim is that I can levitate through the power of my mind, I see nothing supernatural in this.
Understandably they thought something supernatural had happened and they turned their heroes into God - the creator of the universe.
supernatural thriller Sixth Sense.
supernatural beings know.
supernatural causation ' is that by definition it cannot be proven.
supernatural happenings are centered around the first floor chamber where the king slept.
supernatural realm does not explain Creation.
The heroine, Elma Clifford has almost supernatural powers of intuition which enable her to identify the murderer by instinct alone.
With several grunts he was up and we were left with the proposition of emulating this apparently supernatural feat from our alpine mentor.
I cant be convinced that Gallas is so supernatural that he stops goals singlehandedly.
not supernatural power alone, of course: that's just a method, like any other.
There is, however, a less fantastic explanation for these seemingly supernatural events.
I can fully believe there is something strange, even supernatural out there.
superstitious thinking, inventing supernatural causes where none exist.
surmise the existence of supernatural (magical or otherwise) properties by comparing knowledge of natural behavior with actual one.
For instance, Stir of Echoes was a solid supernatural thriller which was wrongly branded a Sixth Sense clone.
tragedynvestigations involve secrets, scandals and supernatural happenings; forgotten tragedies and buried crimes.
Is this a case of supernatural vengeance or clever trickery?
Why would a supernatural force use a videotape to select its victims?
The birth of Isaac, although not virginal, provides some clue to the unique supernatural character of Jesus ' birth.
The plot is utter bunk: supernatural forces possess a young woman when she and her archeologist boyfriend dabble in African voodoo.
Bitten is one of a series of supernatural novels by author Kelley Armstrong and has a young female werewolf at its core.
There is no supernatural, says the yogi, but there are in nature gross manifestations and subtle manifestations.
If we try to bring the contents of theism under Kant's three traditional arguments, then moral and aesthetic considerations - the " values " - fall under the Design argument or the study of teleology; albeit there is a great gap between Paley's supernatural watchmaker and any moral argument or appeal to the beautiful.
APOLOGETICS, in theology, the systematic statement of the grounds which Christians allege for belief in (at least) a supernatural revelation and a divine redemption (cf.
The Thomist compromise - or even the more sceptical view of "two truths " - has the merit of giving filling of a kind to the formula " supernatural revelation " - mysteries inaccessible to reason, beyond discovery and beyond comprehension.
Its situation near the northern frontier recommended it to the Tatar invaders as a convenient centre for their power, and its peculiarly fortunate position as regards the supernatural terrestrial influences pertaining to it has inclined succeeding Chinese monarchs to accept it as the seat of their courts.
Difficulties have been found in the supernatural or marvellous stories which would be taken as a matter of course by contemporary readers, and efforts are often made to recover historical facts or to adapt the records to modern theology without sufficient attention to the historical data as a whole or to their religious environment.
Accordingly, his supernatural revelations resemble a course of lessons in celestial geography more than a description of the beatific vision.
On the other hand, in inner experience the mind is illuminated by the divine truth, and of this supernatural enlightenment there are seven grades.
Among the educated Greeks rationalistic views of the old mythology had become so current that they could assimilate Alexander to Dionysus without supposing him to be supernatural, and to this temper the divine honours were a mere form, an elaborate sort of flattery.
The title of " apostle " was not limited to the immediate disciples of our Lord, but was given to missionaries or evangelists who went about founding new churches; the prophets spoke by revelation; the teachers were enabled by supernatural illumination to instruct others.
8 The two jewels also engraved with the names of the tribes in a suitable setting, worn upon the shoulder (see p. 102, c.), served, like the twelve mentioned, for a memorial before the Deity, effectively bringing them to remembrance, without any action on the part of the bearer, and thus tacitly involving supernatural intervention as amulets are regularly expected to do.
The sixth book is devoted to the explanation, in accordance with natural causes, of some of the more abnormal phenomena, such as thunderstorms, volcanoes, earthquakes, &c., which are special causes of supernatural terrors.
xi.), while the teachers seem to have been distinguished both from apostles and prophets by the fact that their spiritual endowment was less strikingly supernatural.
" And these words with their context prove that Paul, like the Fathers of the church, regarded the gods and goddesses as real living supernatural beings, but malignant.
for that which is concerned with the supernatural, not only by the schoolmen but even as late as 17th-century English writers, and within narrower limits the term has been dangerously ambiguous even in the hands of modern philosophers (see below).
In addition to the above there were yet other classes of supernatural beings (see Norns and Valkyries).
The blessings which kings were expected to bestow upon their subjects, in life as well as after death, were partly of a supernatural character.
Thoroughgoing rationalism, on the other hand, either categorically denies that the supernatural or the infinite - whether it exist or not - can be the object of human knowledge (see Agnosticism), or else, in the mouth of a single person, states that he at least has no such knowledge.
BANSHEE (Irish bean sidhe; Gaelic ban sith, " woman of the fairies"), a supernatural being in Irish and general Celtic folklore, whose mournful screaming, or "keening," at night is held to foretell the death of some member of the household visited.
230), a prominent Christian teacher at Rome, who held Adoptianist (see ADOPTIANISM), or humanitarian views, of the same type as his elder contemporaries the Theodotians, though perhaps asserting more definitely than they the superiority of Christ to the prophets in respect of His supernatural birth and sinlessness.
The notion of a Yahweh scarcely less limited in power than man, the naÃ¯ve views of supernatural beings and their nearness to man, and the persistence of features which stand relatively low in the scale of mental culture, only serve to enhance the reality of the spirit which inspired the endeavour to reform.
The supernatural beings may change their name and may vary externally under Greek, Roman, Mahommedan or Christian influence; but their relation to the local groups remains essentially the same, although there is no regression to earlier organic connexions.
Zephaniah.) ' Note the rapid growth and embellishment of tradition, the inextricable interweaving of fact and fiction, the circumstantial or rationalized stories of imaginary beings, the supernatural or mythical stories of thoroughly historical persons, the absolute loss of perspective, and a reliance not upon the merits of a tradition but upon the authority with which it is associated.
309 seq.), and for the part the serpent plays in the traditions of a universal deluge.'o The fok-lore of the Old and New World contains many examples of supernatural conception, an idea which is to be supplemented by the actual living belief (e.g.
In these degenerate days their supernatural powers consist chiefly in conjuring, sooth-saying, and feats of jugglery, by which they seldom fail in imposing upon a credulous public. (3) Sannyasis, devotees who" renounce "earthly concerns, an order not confined either to the Brahmanical caste or to the Saiva persuasion.
Famished persons are liable to morbid excite ment, and fall into imaginative ecstasies, in the course of which they see visions and spectres, converse with gods and angels, and are the recipients of supernatural revelations.
We do not think that this conjecture will commend itself to the unprejudiced, especially in view of the fact that scourging by angels is a well-known piece of supernatural machinery (cf.
The philosophical principles which underlie the two theories stand for the most part in strong contrast, the theory of evolution tending toward the supposition of ordinary causes, such as "natural selection," producing modifications in species, whether by gradual accumula tion or more sudden leaps, while the theory of creation has recourse to acts of supernatural intervention (see the duke of Argyll, Reign of Law, ch.
Such differentiations and integrations of living bodies are the subject-matter of discussions on evolution; some will see in the play of circumambient media, natural or supernatural, on the simplest forms of living matter, sufficient explanation of the development of such matter into the highest forms of living organisms; others will regard the potency of such living matter so to develop as a mysterious and peculiar quality that must be added to the conception of life.
The supernatural coats and the quintessential loaf may be paralleled but cannot be surpassed; and the book is throughout a mine of suggestiveness, as, for example, in the anticipation of Carlyle's clothes philosophy within the compass of a few lines.
Lastly, we must observe that, in proportion as the legal conception of morality as a code of which the violation deserves, supernatural punishment predominated over the philosophic view of ethics as the method for attaining natural felicity, the question of man's freedom of will to obey the law necessarily became prominent.
The appearance of the Saviour in human history is therefore as a divine revelation neither absolutely supernatural nor absolutely beyond reason, and the controversy of the 18th century between the rationalists and supernaturalists rests on false grounds, leads to wrong issues, and each party is right and wrong (see Rationalism).
Religion may here be defined as the conception of divine, or at least supernatural powers entertained by men in moments of gratitude or of need and distress, in hours of weakness, when, as Homer says, " all folk yearn after the gods."
Of these formulae '(chosen because illustrated by Greek heroic legends) - (I) is a sanction of barbarous nuptial etiquette; (2) is an obvious ordinary incident; (3) is moral, and both (3) and (1) may pair off with all the myths of the origin of death from the infringement of a taboo or sacred command; (4) would naturally occur wherever, as on the West Coast of Africa, human victims have been offered to sharks or other beasts; (5) the story of flight from a horrible crime, occurs in some stellar myths, and is an easy and natural invention; (6) flight from wizard father or husband, is found in Bushman and Namaqua myth, where the husband is an elephant; (7) success of youngest brother, may have been an explanation and sanction of " tungsten-recht " - Maui in New Zealand is an example, and Herodotus found the story among the Scythians; (8) the bride given to successful adventurer, is consonant with heroic manners as late as Homer; (9) is no less consonant with the belief that beasts have human sentiments and supernatural powers; (to) the " strong man," is found among Eskimo and Zulus, and was an obvious invention when strength was the most admired of qualities; (II) the baffled ogre, is found among Basques and Irish, and turns on a form of punning which inspires an " ananzi " story in West Africa; (12) descent into Hades, is the natural result of the savage conception of Hades, and the tale is told of actual living people in the Solomon Islands and in New Caledonia; Eskimo Angekoks can and do descend into Hades - it is the prerogative of the necromantic magician; (13) " the false bride," found among the Zulus, does not permit of such easy explanation - naturally, in Zululand, the false bride is an animal; (14) the bride accused of bearing be 1st-children, has already been disposed of; the belief is inevitable where no distinction worth mentioning is taken between men and animals.
In Newman 's time, the seeds were being sown of the denial of supernatural revelation.
Ian later came to loathe both of them and was extremely scathing about the possibility of the supernatural.
He was a Jewish hero but not a god or even supernatural in any way.
Other Christian commentators on the lives of saints are more cautious in their acceptance of these attributes as supernatural in nature.
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The same happened with the supernatural thriller Sixth Sense.
In Mark, the disciples are quite unaware of who Jesus is - only supernatural beings know.
Can anyone save the world from these supernatural creatures?
Now a youth center, supernatural happenings are centered around the first floor chamber where the king slept.
Simply pushing the original Creation of God into the supernatural realm does not explain Creation.
Not supernatural power alone, of course: that 's just a method, like any other.
The peculiar blue-green hue of Fritsch 's sculpture makes it seem supernatural.
Ignorance of natural law, they argue, causes us to fall prey to superstitious thinking, inventing supernatural causes where none exist.
It is possible to surmise the existence of supernatural (magical or otherwise) properties by comparing knowledge of natural behavior with actual one.
Her investigations involve secrets, scandals and supernatural happenings; forgotten tragedies and buried crimes.
Y Philosophy Supernatural mineral makeup: The foundation from this line is talc-free and has very few ingredients.
It is no wonder that perfume makers have been described as magicians with supernatural powers.
While you can opt for a full face paint design, a freehand cat drawing is often all that's needed to add that special touch of supernatural thrill.
Smallville, One Tree Hill, and Supernatural are popular dramas, with Smallville and Supernatural mixing supernatural elements with the traditional relationship and family issues.
They thought a piece could be charmed to provide the wearer with supernatural powers.
Edward's interest in Bella makes her a target for his enemies and she becomes a part of a supernatural world that coexists with the normal reality of daily life.
The discovery of true love is a strong theme in this supernatural thriller.
This shows his special supernatural night vision or "eyeshine" that allows him to see without any night vision goggles or equipment.
They were worn by the main character, played by Vin Diesel, who needed them for his supernatural night vision and so-called eyeshine.
He has supernatural powers, uses magic, and is an exorcist that dabbles with the occult.
You play John, who has supernatural powers as an exorcist, mage and occultist.
Constantine is a single-player, action-adventure, puzzle-solving game where you play John, a man who has supernatural powers and seeks to keep the balance of Heaven and Hell.
You can play all kinds of supernatural beings like vampires and silly ghosts to secrets of the modern world like the abominable snowman and zombie rock stars, and I don't mean Keith Richards.
Blood Frenzy: Adds a supernatural boost to hand-to-hand combat.
On the night of the deed, Jericho makes his way to the safe and inadvertently unlocks a captured vampire being transported by Darkwatch, an old organization dedicated to defeating supernatural evils.
So with growing supernatural powers, you have to track down Lazarus and kill him before the 'Curse' contains you completely.
The mystical feel and supernatural background of Rainbow Web is utterly fantastic.
The area is usually inhabited with monsters, zombies, or supernatural enemies of some sort.
Gattsu (a.k.a Guts) and Casca survived a brutal supernatural attack against their band of mercenaries called The Hawks.
You can probably finish this game in under 3 hours, but if you enjoy supernatural horror games, this one's for you.
You have the basic Old West weapons, but you also have some supernatural powers you learn through out the game and you have 'Bloodlust', which is like night-vision in that you can see bad guys better and weapons that may be hidden.
God is also thought of as doing supernatural things: having a halo, floating over the world, or performing miracles.
Some adults who are considered highly religious consider God to be an anthropomorphized divine being or may reject the supernatural or mystical religious experience.
Preschoolers fear being separated from parents, being left alone or sleeping alone, and imaginary figures, such as ghosts, monsters, and supernatural beings.
Through the centuries left-handedness has been attributed to numerous physical, psychological, and supernatural causes.
Without the supernatural edge that Thriller had, the song Billie Jean relies on Jackson's crowd-pleasing sensibilities.
Pagans believe that the different stones bring good luck and health and provide the wearer with supernatural powers.
Simply, a zombie is a dead person who has been brought back to the living by an unseen, unnatural or supernatural force.
Twilight features two types of supernatural creatures: vampires and werewolves.
The Twilight world set in Forks, Washington with its supernatural clashes between vampires, werewolves and humans has a blend of adventure, mystery, suspense and romance that people of all ages can appreciate.
So, concepts such as "coincidence" and "chance" are applied to these seemingly psychic or supernatural occurrences.
Once more, Anna Faris returns in the role of Cindy Campbell, the bimbette who always seems to attract supernatural occurrences.
He says that he liked it because it humanized his character and "...completely bypasses all the supernatural elements of the story."
Other times, there is a rational explanation for the phenomenon that has nothing to do with the supernatural.
While you may think that the most likely place to capture something supernatural on film is in a castle or a stately home, this is not necessarily the case.
Internet users go to great lengths to find what might be the most authentic specimens of the supernatural genre.
These particular examples of the paranormal are important sources of debate in the supernatural community.
Ghosts and Stories: This website has, yet again, a large collection of clips and pictures related to ghost phenomena and the supernatural.
It is this history, with its violence and strife that produces many tales of the supernatural and paranormal.
Although the family history is fairly innocuous, the house itself still provides many tales of visitations and supernatural occurrences.
It is a place that is rich in haunting folklore and stories, and it requires little investigation to be pointed in the right direction for those who seek to put a supernatural thrill into their lives.
In any part of the world, there are tales of the spooky and supernatural, and this is no different for the haunted houses in Michigan.
This haunted house in Battle Creek, Michigan boasts a variety of activity of a supernatural nature.
Wyatt House, situated in Ithaca, is the site of several occurrences of a supernatural nature.
In some cases, for the more dedicated of those with an interest in the supernatural, the houses themselves can be visited for further investigation.
Whether you're interested in real werewolf sightings or fictional accounts, all werewolf stories contain spine-tingling elements of the natural mingled with the supernatural.
In the show Supernatural, Bloody Mary is the ghost of a woman named Mary Worthington, who tried to scrawl the name of her murderer on a mirror before she died.
Germs, climate and gravity were all assigned supernatural characteristics by humans until science eventually caught up and explained these "strange" things.
Paranormal is synonymous with the supernatural, and both words are often used to tag something unexplainable.
However, not all things claimed to be paranormal or supernatural are unexplainable.
The goal of paranormal investigators is to rule out all known possible explanations, and then examine the possibility of a paranormal or supernatural cause.
Some people believe supernatural powers or perhaps earth energy vortexes are responsible for the creation of crop circles.
Other realms of the paranormal include mysterious and supernatural creatures.
Until paranormal happenings are measured and evaluated with conclusive scientific evidence, supernatural events will continue to be tagged as unexplained phenomena.
After reading all of the stories about strange disappearances in the region, you're probably wondering what theories exist that attempt to explain the supernatural mysteries in the Bermuda Triangle.
This article covers some of the supernatural mysteries that are observed in the Triangle, and the five major theories that exist to explain the paranormal phenomena there.
Reviewing the many stories of disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle, there are a number strange phenomenon and evidence in this region of the ocean that many people believe have supernatural origin.
While not entirely supernatural in nature, some investigators believe the structures are evidence of the buried mythical city of Atlantis.
Supernatural mysteries in the Bermuda Triangle are no different, and there are a couple of popular theories.
Even decades after the first disappearances, the Bermuda Triangle remains one of the most controversial and strangest mysteries of all of the supernatural locations on the earth.
Werewolves do not possess supernatural powers and are no more difficult to kill than other animals.
On the other hand, if the players are subconsiously moving the pointer, things may get dicey but still are not dangerous in a supernatural way.
Indeed, a Ouija board can be compared to a supernatural can of worms; once it has been opened, there is the possibility of other supernatural things occurring.
Are all of these witness events imagined or misunderstood naturally occurring phenomena, or is there something truly magical and perhaps supernatural about the Ouija board?
The family atmosphere of the Days of Our Lives soap opera took a hit in the 1990s when the show flirted with supernatural storylines including having Marlena Evans Brady being possessed by the devil.
The second, Port Charles, originally spun off to focus on the lives and loves of six young interns but eventually featured supernatural tales of vampires and angels.
The multi-racial core families were highly applauded on daytime television, but they were also joined by a supernatural element in the form of Tabitha Lenox played by Juliet Mills.
The Passions soap opera did not make its mark for its supernatural storylines, although they had their place.
El Pantanal is not the first drama to use supernatural elements.
In the United States, the daytime soap operas Passions and Days of Our Lives both featured supernatural storylines.
In the 1960s and later in the remake during the 1990s, Dark Shadows also featured supernatural tales with shape shifters, vampires and witches.
Despite the supernatural elements in el Pantanal, it is the environmental message that made this telenovela stands out.
The series combines the high school drama of other popular teen soaps such as Degrassi, 90210 and Smallville with the paranormal elements of the darker Supernatural.
The gothic setting of a southern town mingling with the teen angst and supernatural beings make for a truly unique soap opera that has fans of all ages tuning in.
While vampires are the primary supernatural creature of True Blood, waitress Sookie Stackhouse is a telepath and her bartender boss Sam Merlotte is a shapeshifter (he can become any animal).
Long before he romanced Lana Lang on Smallville and hunted demons, angels and other things that go bump in the night on Supernatural, Jensen Ackles played Sami Brady's better twin brother Eric from 1997 to 2000.
Sam Merlotte forms the grounded cornerstone to Sookie's (Anna Paquin) supernatural experiences and has proven repeatedly, that he is her most loyal and devoted friend.
Most celebrities have to work to achieve their supernatural frames, and the celebrities that don't will often become to victims of tabloid articles.
Clearly, the theme of the album is magic and the supernatural, like the show its self.
He decided to make it a career after he managed to film one of the most famous supernatural videos every made - a recording of a ghost regiment from the Civil War, including a supposed recording of two Civil War soldiers talking.
After that event, he dedicated his life to investigating the supernatural.
Brad believes in applying a scientific approach to the supernatural and focuses on disproving common sense explanations for supernatural events.
Like his brother, Barry had a lifelong fascination with the supernatural and claims to have experienced several supernatural encounters of his own.
The Biography Channel has similar shows focused on the supernatural and paranormal.
By its very definition, fantasy involves the supernatural and this often takes place in the form of magic.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer's concept was that 'high school is hell', and show creator Joss Whedon took normal teenage trauma and put a supernatural twist to it.
When Doyle died, his gift was passed on to Cordelia, giving launching her into more supernatural storylines.
Lorne (Andy Hallett): A horned green demon lounge singer, Lorne was plugged into the supernatural underground's demon gossip.
Ladyhawke was directed by Richard Donner, who got his start in the supernatural, with films such as The Omen and 1978's Superman.
There is nothing supernatural about angels, they are simply 'dust beings' - the first sentient beings in the universe.
They either have a fantasy component (supernatural terror) or a sci-fi component ('It came from outer spaaaace...'
If an author uses the supernatural as his engine of horror, that typically precludes the use of fictionally advanced science as well.
They exhibit a mysterious and supernatural sense of time and space.
Other gothics featured mad monks, real ghosts, curses, and supernatural elements of every description.
Soon there wasn't a supernatural stone left unturned, as Dark Shadows became a compendium of every myth, legend and plot device.
Working with actress/writer/director Amber Benson, he co-created and co-wrote Ghosts of Albion, an animated supernatural drama for BBC online which then became a book series from Del Rey.
Following her own ill health and the death of her husband of many years, she returned to the Catholic Church she left many years ago and renounced the writing of supernatural stories.
X-Files and Supernatural: A creature known as the Wendigo has been the basis of episodes on these two series.
Oz and Tara both dated Willow and each held a supernatural secret of their own: Oz was a werewolf and Tara a witch.
When I started writing, also in childhood, my stories naturally had elements of the supernatural.
Eric Kripke, the creative mind behind Supernatural uses angels, demons and other creatures of fantasy and lore in his show about two brothers, fantasy characters in their own right.
These cultures believed (and many still believe today) that these supernatural beings have the ability to either help or harm humans.
The earliest mention of fairies comes from Greek mythology, in the form of supernatural entities called nymphs.
Although the series ended in 2003, it remains one of the most highly discussed literary and television influences of its kind, blazing the trail for series such as Angel, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries and more.
It is the details of his birth that leads to his incredible powers and supernatural abilities.
Paranormal romance explores the relationships of supernatural creatures as werewolves, vampires, angels, demons, witches and more struggles with life, love and survival in the urban world.
The Supernatural TV series debuted on September 13, 2005 on the WB Network, moving to the CW when the WB merged with UPN.
In April 2011, Supernatural was renewed for a seventh season.
Above all natural substances, the objects of natural science, there stands a supernatural substance, the object of metaphysics as theology.
As in the past, a fervent belief in supernatural nirvana is a good excuse to avoid doing anything practical about mundane earthly problems.
peddlers of supernatural fiction in the Vatican.
The whole thing was so real and yet so supernatural I woke up in a cold perspiration.
The Shaven Crown does indeed possess its share of supernatural lore, attached particularly to Room 11.
The peculiar blue-green hue of Fritsch's sculpture makes it seem supernatural.
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