Summary Of Maurice Wiless On Miracles

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Evaluate Maurice Wiles views on miracles Maurice Wiles is a 20th century philosopher of religion. He has written many books including "The myth of god incarnate" and "gods action in the world". He took the same idea as David Hume in rejecting miracle, however took a very different approach to him. Maurice Wiles believed that Christian teaching has always interwoven with prophecy and miracle: God being incarnated in Christ. He said for Christians the universe and the nature of its workings was in itself a miracle from God. Wiles doesn’t reject that God can himself alter nature and create a miracle. Wiles used the description if God drying up a sea, God can do such things. For Wiles the problem was that God is why would God do such things,…show more content…
Also that if events such as, seas getting dried up were to happen everyday they wouldn’t be a miracle. Wiles has also said that believing in miracles could be wrong, as if they were done by God then he could have stopped major tragedies, e.g. Auschwitz and Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In these examples it limits God and he is seen as not being omnibenevolent. However, in the New Testament God heals and individual who is blind and lets others die. A strength of Maurice Wiles argument is that it appeals to educated believers of God and scientific laws. This I because Wiles says that the concept of miracles can exist as it is "logically impossible" to prove miracle wrong scientifically. By saying this, Wiles is allowing religious people to also uphold their beliefs in scientific laws. A second strength of Maurice Wile's argument against miracles is that it allows a re-interpretation of miracle. Prayer is not about giving God your personal wish list, but accepting what he has given you. If God was to give you something, e.g. cancer, you would accept that he has given you cancer and not question
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