The world’s leading paranormal investigator, Joe Nickell is a regular contributor to Skeptical Inquirer science magazine. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books, including Looking for a Miracle, Inquest on the Shroud of Turin, and most recently The Relics of the Christ.
In this conversation with D.J. Grothe, Joe Nickell explores what he calls the “new idolatry,” the term he uses to refer to weeping religious icons and statues that stream tears of blood, become animated, and weep human tears, among other supernatural claims. He recounts his investigation of a number of such cases, and defends his investigative approach. He also talks about why such investigation is important, even in a society where everyone is entitled to believe as he or she chooses.