Hume's challenges to miracles

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  • Created on: 31-05-18 14:27

No miracle has a sufficient number of witnesses

  • A quantity of educated, trustworthy witnesses to a public event of 'such unquestioned good sense as to secure us against all delusions in themselves' are required
  • The witnesses would have to have a lot to lose if they were found to be lying
  • Hume claims that in all history there have not been such witnesses to a miracle

People are prone to look for marvels and wonders

  • The passion and surprise arising from miracles, being an agreeable emotion, gives a tendency towards belief in those events
  • A religionist may know a miracle

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