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  • Created on: 19-12-08 10:16


  • Visions/voices
  • NDE - near death experience
  • OBE - outer body experience
  • usually occurs to very religious people - Moses
  • if you believe in god, miracles usually seem more obvious to you, whereas if you deny the existence of god miracles are harder to accept.
  • some people believe god interferes everynow and then to help people in need.
  • Non believers deny that god acts "randomly", if god was to make one miracle for one person in need, why not save the millions who died in the holocaust?
  • Philosopher to remember - HUME
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David Hume

  • a miracle is a violation of the laws of nature
  • a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws
  • 'That 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, which it endeavours to establish....'
  • Hume's argument depends on the definition of a miracle as "a violation of the laws of nature," but these laws are established by "a firm and unalterable experience" against the occurrence of such violations.
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