I’m wondering just how many people believe obviously crazy things — things that pretty much everyone else will agree are crazy.
To this end, I’m going to start putting together a list of contemporary people who claim to have had incredible revelations about the world, and their place in the world. Claims that we could then compare with reports about Jesus, Mohammed, and so on.
It would be interesting to get numbers of followers for each of these.
- Aleister Crowley, founder of the Thelema religion/philosophy, considered himself a prophet issuing in a new age. Had a book (magic, ancient Egyptian gods, etc.) dictated to him by a supernatural being.
- Sai Baba; born of a virgin, birth surrounded by miracles, able to perform miracles — recorded on YouTube.
- 14th Dali Lama. Proven to be the reincarnation of the 13th.
- Prahlad Jani is a fakir who hasn’t eaten or drunk for decades.
- Note that they don’t have to be religious crazies. Jim Jones was and atheist socialist.
- Apparitions of Mary in Medjugorje, which are continuing to this day. Lots of miracles (and bonus commentary from a new-age psychic, William LePar).
- Compare to speaking in tongues.
- Rick Patterson healing a deformed arm.
- Benny Hinn curing a wheelchair-bound girl (who’s in a wheelchair b/c she has arthritis; here’s what happens to girls who really need a wheelchair).
(I’ll be continuing to update this list. Feel free to leave suggestions.)