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Miracles Tuesday October 1, 2013 1. The argument from miracles Miracles, which are the disruptions of the ordinary course of nature, are clear proofs of the existence of a supernatural being. 2. Types and examples of miracles - Healing - Motion of inanimate objects - Theological miracles: bleeding wafers, crying statues, etc - Apparitions - Glossalia (speaking in tongues.. babble nonsense, having fits, being able to speak another language) - Human power over nature St Andre Bessette 1845-1937 - Good at the miracle of healing - Inspired a church to be made in Montreal. Rooms are lined with old crutches - Roman Catholic monk from montreal 3. Difficulties with this argument a) Hume’s empirical argument: Reliability of miracle reports …..That is it always more rational to disbelieve then to believe There is not to be found in all history, any miracle attested by a sufficient number of men, of such unquestioned good sense, education and learning, as to secure us against all delusion in themselves; of such undoubted integrity as to place them beyond all suspicion of any design to deceive others; of such credit and reputation…; and at the same time, attesting facts, performed in such a public manner, and in so celebrated a part of the world, as to render the detection unavoidable…. Human predilection for surprise and wonder; human credulity overcomes reason: Supernatural and miraculous relations…are observed chiefly to abound among ignorant and barbarous nations; or if a civilized people has ever given admission to any of them, that
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