An Introduction to Miracles

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WHAT IS A MIRACLE?

There is no one definition of what a miracle is, though many definitions have been suggested.  However, the two main ways of defining a miracle are:

--> An INTERVENTIONIST definition: the breaking of a law of nature by an interventionist God (one who acts in the world; the opposite of the deist view which sees God as completely separate from His creation)

  • e.g. Jesus walking on water

--> A CONTINGENT definition: an event that has religious significance, but that doesn't necessarily involve the direct action of God or the breaking of a law of nature.

  • e.g. an everyday event such as the birth of a baby

OTHER NOTABLE DEFINITIONS

David Hume (an empirical philosopher)

  • 'A miracle is a transgression of the law of nature by a

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