Accounts Of Miracles And Their Support Of Belief In God

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Accounts of Miracles and Their Support of Belief in God
The definition of a miracle is a violation of the "laws of nature", it
is an exception that is beyond all naturalistic explanations, meaning
they must be explained supernaturally. So do accounts of miracles
support the belief in God? Firstly, one must decided whether there is
sufficient evidence to prove the existence of miracles, something that
people have disagreed about a lot.

A McKinnon says that natural laws are just descriptions of the 'actual
course of events' so to say that a natural law has been violated would
be a contradiction, these events merely show that our natural laws are
at present inadequate. On the other hand, McKinnon's argument
presupposes the exclusivity of naturalistic explanations and there is
no a priori reason as to why a presupposition should be accepted,
unless one can prove that supernatural causal activity is impossible.
Also, one cannot assume that the law in question is inadequate if
there is a violation of a natural law, all that is inadequate is the
belief that everything must have a naturalistic explanation.

David Hume argues that one cannot prove the existence of miracles
because the evidence for miracles is less than that of established
laws; he suggests we should always look at things in a naturalistic
way and should favour the naturalistic explanations as opposed to
supernatural explanations. Hume believes that a wise person will
always look at the available evidence then proportion their belief
according to this, so therefore accepting a miracle would be
ridiculous due to the amount of sufficient evidence compared to the
amount that a natural law is supported by. However, what Hume is
saying is self-validating and tautological, as it is obvious that
established laws hold more sufficient evidence than a miracle,
otherwise they would not be the established law, miracles are
exceptions hence they have less evidence. Hume's argument is not a
very strong one, as we need an argument independent of what we are
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