miracles

what is the realist view of miracles?
For Christianity, this means that miracles are a real part of what happens in the world. They are objectively true even though they are not fully understood.
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who preforms miracles?
they come about through the activity of God or someone empowered by him.
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Give an example a miracle as a extraordinary coincidence of a beneficial nature.
The explosion that demolished the chapel in Nebraska.
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what happened in the miracle of Nebraska?
all members of the choir for some reason uncharacteristically late to practice and if they had arrived on time they would have died.
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What was the significance of the miracle in Nebraska?
this was seen as God at work. However, people die in fires all the time so why could God not save them also.
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Give an example of a miracle as an event brought about by a spiritual power, working through people.
One of the best known is God worked through Moses to deliver the Israelites from slavery and miracles preformed by Jesus in the Gospel.
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What 3 things do people usually think about miracles that break the laws of nature?
it is something that happens when God's intervention interferes with the normally working of the laws of nature. It is an intentional act of Gods will. It has religious significance.
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what approach does miracles as a violation of law encourage?
'god of the gaps' approach
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what does todays science say about miracles as a violation of natural law?
does not accept this concept of violation
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why doesn't science accept miracles as a violation of natural laws?
descriptive, i.e. based on experience through observation. It is probabilistic i.e. shows what is likely to happen as opposed to what will definitely happen.
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which philosopher addressed the scientific approach of a miracle that breaks the laws of nature?
John Hick
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What is said about the evidence to support miracles that break natural law?
natural law goes against the possibility of miracles- contradict each other and give massive amount of evidence against them.
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which philosopher addresses the issue of evidence to support miracles that break the laws of nature?
Hume
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What does the problem of evil say about miracles that break natural law?
if such an intervention is an act of God's will, why is there so much suffering?
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Which philosopher addresses the problem of evil in miracles that break natural law?
Wiles
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What do anti-realists say about miracles?
the stance that miracles are an interpretation of the mind.
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What do anti-realists think about supernatural beings performing miracles?
They reject this and say that a miracle is only something that transforms people or creates a positive feeling.
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What does Tillich say about miracles?
a miracle is a subjective experience, centuring on the individual experiencing it and his/ her reaction to it. Others might observe the same thing but not see it as a miracle.
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What does Tillich say about Natural laws in miracles?
It is something amazing however does not breach natural laws.
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What does Hick say about miracles?
Miracles are natural events that have religious significance.
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What example does Hick use for his miracles?
the ten plagues and Exodus
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What does Hick say about Natural law in miracles?
Miracles seem to breach a law of nature, this is not because of supernatural intervention.
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What does Hick think natural law is?
Natural laws are simply our retrospective generalisations that encompass human observation and experience
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