God and the Sun at Fatima

S. L. Jaki

God writes straight along crooked lines, so goes a Portuguese proverb, which sums up the story unfolded in this book.

The story is about the far from adequate attention which writers on Fatima paid to the eyewitness accounts of what is usually referred to as "the miracle of the sun."

Contrary to the stereotype claim that the sun "danced" over Fatima on October 13, 1917, something else did that "dancing." The great majority of eyewitness accounts, our sole source of information about what was observed on that day in Cova da Iria, refer to thin clouds that covered the sun as it "danced."

Therefore, it should seem logical to approach the miracle of the sun as a meterological miracle and do thereby justice both to science and religion.

As a true miracle, "the miracle of the sun" put a divine seal on a message that determined in the long run and in a "crooked," that is, most unpredictable, way the outcome of twentieth-centure world history.