Holland - coincidences

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  • R.F Holland: Extraordinary coincidences
    • Holland describes a miracle as an extraordinary coincidence that is interpreted as having religious significance
    • The definition of a miracle depends on how witnesses interpret it, rather on the nature of the miracle itself of if a natural law is broken
    • Holland uses a child and train as an example. A child gets stuck on a train track. The train driver suddenly faints, releasing his hand from the control lever which automatically stopped the train. This is a lucky coincidence because the cause was the driver, not God
    • Holland's argument also denies the idea of divine intervention, considering miracles instead to be coincidences, which are not compatible with normal human experience


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