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Ward, Keith (2002) Believing in Miracles. Zygon, 37 (3), pp. 741-750. [Journal Article]

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1111/1467-9744.00450
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    Abstract

    Classical Christian definitions of miracle speak of events transcending the natural powers of objects. A personal creator, I argue, might well cause such events in order to achieve a supernatural purpose—bringing creatures to eternal life. Miracles—events transcending natural powers, disclosing and realizing the divine purpose—would then be integral to the rational order of nature. David Hume’ arguments against believing reports of miracles are shown to be very weak. Laws of nature, I suggest, are best seen not as exceptionless rules but as context–dependent realizations of natural powers. In that context miracles transcend the natural order not as “violations” but as intelligible realizations of a divine supernatural purpose. Miracles are not parts of scientific theory but can be parts of a web of rational belief fully consistent with science.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Zygon
    Department: Philosophy
    Depositing User: Prof Keith Ward
    Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2010 14:58
    Last Modified: 23 Feb 2012 20:52
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/845

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