1. The argument form miracles
Miracles, which are disruptions of the ordinary course of nature, are clear proofs of the existence of a
supernatural power, namely God.
2. Types & Examples of Miracles
a. Healing- people being cured of incurable diseases
b. Motion of inanimate objects-
c. Theological miracles: bleeding wafers (at mass), crying statues, etc.
e. Glossalia - people can understand/speak languages they haven't learned
f. Power over nature in a nonhuman way
St. Andre Bessette- declared a St. in Canada, said to have preformed many miracles
3. Difficulties with the argument of miracles
a. Hume's empirical argument: reliability of miracle reports
i. Hume says it is more rational to disbelieve a report of a miracle than to believe it
The a posteriori argument
You can never rely on the reports, there isn't enough credible miracle reports
Human predilection for surprise and wonder: human credulity overcomes reason
Miracles always seem to happen far away, so people don't believe the reports
Therefore, it is always more probable that testimony is false than that a law of nature has been violated.
If this was true in Hume's time is it still true today?
Today we have:
1. Immediacy and reliability of information now
2. Though there is still much