Thursday, October 7, 2010

Miracles and Revelations

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In his vigorous defense of his corollary to the presumption of naturalism on miracles, David Hume does not beg the question, but rather notes that people have to rigorously obtain evidence for miracles as :trick of hand might be involved or people just  misperceive what they see misheard a diagnosis,  someone was in remission and so fort or some natural cause for tears on statues.. When as stated before, we skeptics investigate matters, we invariably find natural causes. Illnesses can of themselves disappear but people give credence to prayer for that. Studies show no effects for prayers unless that makes people feel better or-worse.
  Answered prayers are just post hoc- coincidental, and for unanswered ones people rationalize that God has his mysterious ways.We don't find any difference with asking for His help with medical matters adds to them.Faith cannot help whatsoever!
   Revelations are merely the imaginations of mere people. No God tells anyone anything to write down. No revelation existed for much of the Qu'ran , the Christian Testament and the Tanakh. Indeed, we skeptics think that Muhammad and Paul had epileptic fits for their " revelations." People take those metaphorically or literally revelations without any evidence of their truth.No stay in Egypt nor any Exodus happened such that mere men  merely made those two accounts up! Why should we skeptics or anyone else accept the Resurrection as science reveals no such thing can happen. Again, Hume comes to the fore: Christians would have to produce evidence rather than mere hearsay replayed as in the telephone game- changed from one account to the other- contradictory.No account exists otherwise for the walking zombies after the putative Resurrection nor any rending of any thing.
    The miracle is that people accepts the miracles and the revelations as fact as Hume notes. [ See John Leslie Mackie's " The Miracle of Theism."
     The religious might have doubts, but even if as Alister Earl McGrath, for the sake of argument, is right that faith rests on evidence and embraces ones whole being, that embracing acts as a boomerang in that it causes people to have blind faith after all, even if they modify their opinions.Some become errantists- non-fundamentalists- in finding faults within their Scriptures.Some like Bishop John Shelby Spong and John Hick give up much of the credence that they had but in the end they,too, have blind faith, reinterpreting matters or finding them irrelevant. They just cannot go further.
      Faith doth that to people!
     Viewers, and what part of  this  might you agree with or disagree with?

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