No, it’s not the Hot Chocolate song. And this post isn’t about David Freese or Game 6 of the 2012 World Series. One of the stumbling blocks that kept me from becoming a Christian was that I thought miracle stories seemed pretty “out there”. So when I began to read the New Testament, I thought surely the miracle stories of Jesus healing the sick, raising the dead, etc. had to legendary. Eventually I had read that St. Paul himself declares that if Christ is not risen from the dead, then Christianity isn’t worth believing. That struck me as a bold claim, and if he knew eyewitnesses to the resurrection as well as he claimed himself to be an eyewitness to the resurrected Jesus, that cries out for an explanation. But ever since the days of the Scottish philosopher David Hume, we’ve been told that to testimony could ever serve to be the basis of a religion because of our uniform experience of the laws of nature. A miracle is a transgression of those laws with which we are familiar with, so miracle stories cannot be rationally believed. But does that argument work? Are the laws of nature really “uniform”? Has anyone really experienced a miracle, and can we rely on such testimony. Here are some videos and articles I’ve clustered together by different scholars on the subject.
Hume on Miracles: Interpretation and Criticism by James Taylor
“An Essay on Mr. Hume’s Essay on Miracles” William Adams(1752)
Miracles and Modern Scientific Thought by Norman Geisler
Miracles (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Contemporary Scholarship and the Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ by Dr. William Lane Craig