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Philosophy 1020
John Thorp

Miracles September-25-12 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. d. Apparitions 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
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