Miracles Essay

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Elisha Lindsey Matthew Homan Phil 2200-13 Fall 2012 11-1-12 Take-home Essay #1 : Miracles When I think about miracles I imagine this extraordinary event that I cannot even begin to try to explain. If I was asked to explain a miracle I would probably say it was a gift from God. Would other people believe me? The answer would be probably not, but if the roles were reversed and they were explaining the miracle to me what would I think? Are they telling the truth? I believe miracles are different for different people and can never truly be explained. Hume says “A miracle is a violation of nature” (Hume76). He explains this statement through, degrees of assurance, testimony, the passion of surprise and wonder, places and time periods, and religions. First we need to understand what a miracle is. When it comes to matters of fact, the contrary is always possible. There are different degrees of assurance. For example, there has never been a time when there was no gravity on earth. Therefore, there is no contrariety of experience. Hume believes that this is one hundred percent proof of certainty. Now if someone were to say I dropped a pen today and it floated in mid air. This would be considered a miracle. It defies the laws of nature. If someone died of a sudden death, it is not conformable to experience, but it is not contrary. This would be considered a marvelous event, but not a miracle to Hume. How do we know to believe the person giving us the testimony to the miracle? We would agree that a floating pen on earth would be a miracle, but how do we know it really happened? Hume does not think it is ever reasonable to believe in human testimony of a miracle. “A wise man proportions his belief to evidence” (73).” No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind, that its falsehood would be more miraculous, than the fact,

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