"The forty-second summer meeting of the Ecclesiastical History Society was held at Hope Hall and Streatham Court of the University of Exeter from Wednesday 23 July to Sunday 27 July 2003. Dr. Brenda Bolton of the University of London and incoming president of the Society selected the theme 'Signs, wonders and miracles: representations of divine power in the life of the Church' for this year's conference" (p. ). "Dr. Bolton suggested that a variety of phenomena might be included within her theme: 'perceptions of miracles by ordinary people .. dreams, visions and miraculous images .. stigmata; snake handling, and other elements of fundamentalist religions such as the "Toronto blessing".' On all [of] these papers would be welcome but 'witchcraft and wizardry would not be appropriate !' Papers exploring scepticism about miracles, either scientific or protestant, would also be welcome. The papers presented at the conference certainly represented an attempt to fulfil the width of topics the theme suggested" (p. 226).