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David Hume’s Argument Against Miracles (Part Two)

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Part One.

This post was originally published on Philosophical Disquisitions

This is the second part in my series of posts on David Hume’s argument against miracles. Though Hume’s argument is widely-discussed and widely-referenced, it has been subject to a number of uncharitable interpretations. This, at any rate, is Robert Fogelin’s contention in his excellent little book A Defense of Hume on Miracles, which is the primary source for this series of posts.

In the previous entry, I explained some of the background to Fogelin’s book. He believes there are two major misreadings of Hume in the literature. The first holds that Hume thinks that no evidence could possibly suffice to establish the historical occurrence of a miracle. The second holds that Hume thinks that an a priori argument suffices to make the case against miracle claims. Both readings are in error.

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David Hume’s Argument Against Miracles (Part One)

David Hume

This post was originally published on Philosophical Disquisitions.

If you read a book by an alleged eyewitness to a miraculous event, should you believe that the event occurred? Hume’s argument against the plausibility of believing in miracles on the basis of testimony is probably the most famous contribution to the philosophical debate on this question. It is also the most hotly contested and debated. Some people think that Hume’s argument is eminently reasonable, a shining example of his insatiable common-sense approach to philosophical argument. Others are less persuaded, believing Hume’s argument to be either question-begging or an ‘abject’ failure.

I’ve been dimly aware of these debates for a number of years. And I used to think I had a reasonable grasp of what Hume had to say. Indeed, in my recent post on Arif Ahmed’s case against the resurrection, I noted that Ahmed’s first argument is, to all intents and purposes, a reformulation of Hume’s.… Read the rest

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Cross Miraculously Appears Inside Sliced Potato In Albuquerque

New Mexico’s KOAT has your daily dose of irrefutable evidence of the divine hand at work on Earth:

An anonymous Action 7 News viewer sent in a photo of a sliced potato divided by what he calls Lenten crosses. The viewer wishes to remain anonymous. The potato sighting is far from the first time viewers have claimed to see the divine in everyday objects and things.


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New Mexico Woman Says Jesus Appeared On Her Bruised Toe

toeDoes the Lord manifest Himself in the form of bodily bruising? Albuquerque's KRQE reports:
A couple says holy dirt from the northern New Mexico town has left a holy and healing mark. Just last weekend, Paula Osuna says she fell down the stairs at her home causing painful bruises all over her foot. Eventually she asked her fiancé to rub some of the holy Chimayo dirt he had saved from a pilgrimage there a couple years back. After putting the holy dirt on her foot and then bandaging it, she says the next day the bruise formed in the shape of Jesus on her second toe. Osuna says her family members first noticed the bruise. The bruise has since changed shape, but Osuna says she’s convinced of the holy sighting.
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Miracles: So What?

9839c6ee-a777-4189-a03e-6c0cc0b0128eLast year I bought a book from the internet titled Raised from the Dead: True Stories of 400 Resurrection Miracles by Father Albert J. Herbert (1986).  As one could probably guess, the anecdotes this book contains span many centuries and involve many people who had flatlined coming back to life, really incredible stuff.  Father Herbert treats the accounts in an old-school ‘devout’ manner, as though each incredible miracle were a natural matter of course and a testament to the will of God.   While inspiring, I found them just too incredible.  My own faltering set me on a mission to try to corroborate accounts of miracles with credible evidence.  Maybe by bringing back an olive branch, I could also inspire others to climb to the mouth of the cave (mixing metaphors, lol).

A miracle is a supernatural phenomenon (which we here at disinfo are to no small degree acclimated) but one that strings along a set of religious implications as well. … Read the rest

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Jesus And Mary Allegedly Spotted On Google Earth

jesus_maryCloudsurfing conditions are fantastic in Switzerland at this time of year. Via Bubblews:

An amazing image, which looks like a shrouded Jesus Christ shadowed by a prayerful Mother Mary, has been found on Google Earth.The startling image was snapped by Google as its imaging vehicle drove along the A5 highway near Walensee, Switzerland.

The dramatic, mountainous landscape is enhanced by a steel-grey, storm cloud laden sky. Looming from the cloudscape appear two images, one black, the other a mix of white and pink, which bear an uncanny similarity to figures depicted in religious paintings for centuries.

Either way, it’s one of the spookiest, or most awe-inspiring results ever found on Google Earth. Here are the coordinates: www.goo.gl/maps/WRNx4

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God Shocks Creationist Museum Staffer With Lightning

creation museumIn an effort to boost severely disappointing attendance figures, Kentucky’s controversial Creation Museum recently added an outdoor zip line attraction, which has been criticized as not really have anything to do with the Bible. Local WLWT reports that the Lord himself has weighed in:

A staff member was injured Wednesday while clearing guests from a zip line at the Creation Museum.

Staffers had cleared the lines before 1:20 p.m. as storms moved into Boone County. Museum officials said a male staffer touched an object that had been energized by lightning and was injured. He was taken to an area hospital as a precaution, but his injuries were not considered to be serious.

The zip line attraction opened this spring to help the religion-themed museum attract a wider audience.

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Miraculous Bleeding Communion Wafer Draws Crowds In Mexico

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The obvious question is, if this indeed is Jesus’s blood, would lab testing identify it? Via Brazil Weird News:

In the parish Maria Madre de la Iglesia (city of Guadalajara), the priest José Dolores Castellanos Gudiño revealed a transcendental experience: in prayer, a voice told him: “My dear apostle Dolores, today is a great day…I will pour out blessings for those who will be present.”

In a Eucharistic miracle, when he opened the shrine (where communion wafers are stored), inside the goblet of Consecration, was a communion wafer dipped in a dark red liquid.

The chalice with the communion wafer were removed from public display and duly forwarded for analysis to determine if the red liquid is, in fact, hematic – blood and if is human blood. The case also has been duly registered according local legal proceedings.

After Mass on Thursday, many reporters and onlookers crowded outside the church in search of news about “the communion wafer that bleeds”.

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Vatican Says Pope John Paul II Miraculously Healed Several People From Beyond The Grave, Will Be Made A Saint


Well I am certainly impressed. The Telegraph reports:

The Vatican has secretly attributed a mystery miracle to the late John Paul II, clearing the way for him to be declared a saint.

The Holy See has yet to reveal what the miracle was or where and when it took place but Vatican sources said it would “amaze the world”. It concerns the “extraordinary healing” of a Costa Rican woman who was cured of a severe brain injury after her family began praying to the memory of the late Polish pope.

John Paul II was beatified — the first step towards sainthood — in a lavish outdoor ceremony in St Peter’s Square in May 2011.

John Paul’s first attributed miracle was the apparent healing of a French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre. Her recovery from Parkinson’s disease after praying for the late pope’s “intercession” had no medical explanation, the Catholic Church maintains.

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Juggling Jesus Miraculously Appears On British Man’s Shirt

juggling jesusIf you were looking for a hip, new image for the Christian savior for the Coachella generation, I think it has arrived. Introducing Juggling Jesus via the Christian Post:

Jesus has appeared as a fabric softener stain, according to one British man in reports out this week.

Martin Andrews reportedly had an accident in which he spilled some fabric softener on his T-shirt, and the resulting stain is an image of Jesus Christ, the man resolutely claims. According to Andrews, Jesus appears in the stain with his arms stretched outwards.

Others, however, have mocked Andrews claims, with some saying that the image looks more like a juggler tossing some objects rather than the Messiah. Andrews is undeterred in his claims though: “When the T-shirt’s the right way up it doesn’t really look like anything … but when you look at it the other way up it’s really Him.”

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