shortcuts hide abstracts open articles in new windows Open Category Editor Off-campus access Using PhilPapers from home? Thus, Hume's "proof" is so reduced in power that it is no longer the "everlasting check. Nevertheless, the question of whether someone has bowed is an objective oneit is, we might say, a question about the facts. Regarding miracles in particular, Hick (1973:51) writes: A miracle, whatever else it may be, is an event through which we become vividly and immediately conscious of God as acting towards. Man könnte dann in einem zweiten Schritt, der hier nicht mehr unternommen wird, untersuchen, inwieweit jene Thesen, die den Herleitungstest überstanden haben, jenen Zweck erfüllen, den Bolzano ihnen ursprünglich zugedacht hat: als mathematisches Rüstzeug für seine Argumentationen gegen die Auffassung zu dienen, Wundererzählungen könnten nicht. (1994 Reported Miracles, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Huxley,.H., (1894) Collected Essays, Vol. Philosophy of Religion, hume, Defeat, and Miracle Reports. (1965 "The Miraculous American Philosophical Quarterly 2:43-51 Houston,. Yet clearly it is, in some sense of "fact a fact that I moved my fingers. No, we wash them all. This result is equally disastrous for the scientist and the theologian; but along Hume's lines there is nothing whatever to be done about.
It is a miracle, that a dead man should come to life; because that has never been observed in any age or country. Like a violation miracle, such a coincidence occurs contrary to our expectations, yet it does this without standing in opposition to our understanding of natural law. Philosophers have also been concerned about what sort of observable criteria would allow us to identify an event as a miracle, particularly insofar as that means identifying it as a violation of natural law. These things, one may argue, are known only through their observable effects. It is clear that there can be no observable difference between an event that has a supernatural cause, since such a cause is in principle unobservable, and one that fails to have a cause. 12 Flew's point is that, if natural laws are absolute, a violation of natural law is an absolute sign of transcendence. One thing seems certain, however, and that is that the apologist cannot depend on miracle reports to establish the supernaturalistic worldview if the credibility of such reports depends on our presumption that the supernaturalistic worldview is correct. The possibility of miracles cannot be denied but neither can it be affirmed.
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