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Are Miracles Possible?
Let's meet at my house on Talus Way to connect with old friends, make new ones, eat snacks (provided), and have a great discussion of the following: Are miracles possible? There are philosophical objections to this. David Hume defined a miracle as ‘a violation of the laws of nature’, or more fully, "a transgression of a law of nature by a particular volition of the Deity." He then argues that ‘as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws [of nature], the proof against a miracle, from the very nature of the fact, is as entire as any argument from experience can possibly be imagined." Is this objection valid? Let's discuss this objection and the responses to it. Christians claim that Jesus of Nazareth literally and physically came back to life after having been dead for a couple days. If this miracle even possible? Does the fact that things like this do not normally happen (in human experience) prove that it could not have happened? What proof is necessary for it to be rational to believe that this actually happened? Hume references human experience/testimony in his objection to miracles. What is the role of testimony in confirming a miracle, or any experience alleged to come from God? Does testimony have validity as confirmation of religious experience? What other proof would need to be provided?

Mark's Place in Alexandria

624 Talus Way · Alexandria, KY


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    Meet other local amateur philosophers to discuss the world and what we know about it.

    No prior experience in philosophy is required, just a love of wisdom, a desire to know, and an open mind.

    We meet on a regular basis and discuss various philosophical works and topics. Subject matter will typically reflect the interests of the participants, and include metaphysical issues.

    Persons of all perspectives are encouraged to participate, whether they come from a more "theistic" perspective or more "atheistic" perspective. Or anything in between! There is no perspective that is censored.

    The only requirement is that we treat each other with respect and do not make insulting or ridiculing remarks of anyone.

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