Reported Miracles: A Critique of Hume (Hardback)
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Reported Miracles: A Critique of Hume (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 21/04/1994
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Suppose that one is presented with a report of a miracle as an exception to nature's usual course. Should one believe the report and so come to favour the idea that a god has acted miraculously? Hume argued that no reasonable person should do anything of the kind. Many religiously sceptical philosophers agree with him, and have both defended and developed his reasoning. Some theologians concur or offer other reasons why those who are believers in God should also refuse to accept accounts of miracles as accurate reportage. This book argues to the contrary. For Houston, miracle stories may contribute towards the reasonableness of belief in God, and, appropriately attested, may be accepted by believers in God. To bolster his case he examines historically and intellectually significant writings about the miraculous. And having argued for the rejection of Hume, he explores the implications of this rejection for science, history and theology.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521415491
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'A work of intellectual courage.' Angela Tilby, Church Times
"...will be of value to those seeking a synthesis of the intellectual history of the modern debate over miracles and to those philosophers and theologians for whom the debate is still important." The Journal of Religion
"A thought provoking study that could challenge an open minded skeptic." The Reader's Review
"...this book has reopened a debate that has been considered closed for many years, and the author's attempts to refute the Humean add a valuable chapter to the discussion of the role of evidence and belief in historical, scientific, theological, and epistemological contexts" Choice
"Houston's vigorous study makes a contribution to the ever-growing body of Hume-literature and to the never-ending debate about the validity of his argument." Colin Brown, Calvin Theological Journal
"This careful study, thorough in both critical analysis and constructive proposal, deserves the attention of all philosophers of religion and of all traditional theists who would arm themselves against one of their most devstating critics." Nigel Biggar, Religious Studies Review
"...the book is an indispensible resource for anyone considering the issue of the status of miracle reports. Contemporary theological literature is enhanced by Houston's accounts of older authors which give adequate detial to enable their viewpoints about miracles to be properly grasped. The value of the book is increased furthur by the fact that it traces and discusses significant relationships between Hume's case and the assumptions and methods of contemporary scientists, historians, and theologians (5)." Martin Hanna, Seminary Studies
"This book impresses because of its unusual combination of theological and philosophical sophistication.... ...I recommend this book to anyone who is disturbed by the Humean position and the repetitive praise it receives. ...detailed observations in it are well worth the read." Terence Penelhum, International Studies in Philosophy
"Joseph Houston's book is a fine contribution to the philosophical investigation of the value of miracle reports for religious apologetics...rich in theological and biblical sources. Houston's reasoning throughout is careful and subtle....I definitely recommend this book for any philosopher, theologian, or student of philosophy interested in the nature of miracles and their possible use in the justification of religious belief." Linda Zagzebski, The Philosophical Review

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