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"A violation of the laws of nature"
Hume's definition of a miracle. They're improbable events, least likely event possible
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"A wise man... proportions his belief to the evidence"
Hume- argument against miracles. Whether or not one believes that something is true is dependent on the evidence for and against it being true. Miracles are't rational
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"Miracles... are mutually destructive across religions"
Thompson- Hume's argument against miracles. Miracles from religions support their own particular beliefs. Therefore, if one is correct, the others must be false
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"A religionist may be an enthusiast, and imagines he sees what has no reality"
Hume - we should not trust accounts of miracles which can be influenced by religious belief. Also stated miracles are found in "ignorant and barbarous nations" whose account we can't trust either
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"We can declare... that there are no miracles"
John Hick - science POV. Miracles cannot happen because of the definition of 'natural law'. If an unusual event happens, we should widen our understanding of a natural law to allow the possibility of this new event, not assume it's a miracle
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"It's preferential to base beliefs on facts rather than odds"
Cantwell - Maybe it's better to examine the evidence rather than concentrating on the probability of miracles
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"Therefore the argument for the existence of God based upon miracles seems to be quite weak"
Cantwell - Whether or not one believes an event to be miraculous is largely dependent upon prior religious beliefs
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"The reasonable investigator goes by the available evidence here..."
Swinburne - defending miracles. It is difficult to outweigh the scientific evidence. but we have enough historical evidence to suggest that there is a God who can violate the laws of nature
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"A coincidence can be taken religiously as a sign and called a miracle"
R.F Holland - amazing coincidences. A miracle does not have to violate the laws of nature, it's an extraordinary coincidence that doesn't break any laws
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Hume- argument against miracles. Whether or not one believes that something is true is dependent on the evidence for and against it being true. Miracles are't rational

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"A wise man... proportions his belief to the evidence"

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Thompson- Hume's argument against miracles. Miracles from religions support their own particular beliefs. Therefore, if one is correct, the others must be false

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Card 4

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Hume - we should not trust accounts of miracles which can be influenced by religious belief. Also stated miracles are found in "ignorant and barbarous nations" whose account we can't trust either

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John Hick - science POV. Miracles cannot happen because of the definition of 'natural law'. If an unusual event happens, we should widen our understanding of a natural law to allow the possibility of this new event, not assume it's a miracle

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