Water into Wine?: An Investigation of the Concept of Miracle (Hardback)
  • Water into Wine?: An Investigation of the Concept of Miracle (Hardback)
zoom

Water into Wine?: An Investigation of the Concept of Miracle (Hardback)

(author)
£91.00
Hardback 168 Pages / Published: 01/01/1988
  • Publisher out of stock

Currently unavailable to order

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket
The first is that a miracle, understood as an event produced by a transcendent agent overriding the usual course of nature, involves a violation of the laws of nature. Larmer argues that events are explained by reference to both relevant laws and units of mass/energy in the sequences to be explained. He contends that a miracle need not be conceived as involving a violation of natural law, but rather as the creation or annihilation of mass/energy by a transcendent agent. In reply to the objection that this account would violate the first law of thermo-dynamics, he distinguishes two forms of the principle -- one metaphysical, one scientific -- and aruges that a miracle would not violate the principle considered as a scientific law. The second assumption is that miracle testimony cannot serve as evidence for theism. Larmer demonstrates that the logical ties connecting the concept of miracle to theism need not imply that one must be a theist to evaluate miracle testimony properly. All that is required is that one is prepared to entertain theism as a hypothesis. Attacking these assumptions allows Larmer to show that Humean balance-of-probabilities arguments, based on a presumed conflict between evidence which establishes belief in the laws of nature and evidence in favour of miracles, miss the point if miracles need not be defined as violations of the laws of nature. He argues that, in the absence of a general argument demonstrating that the testimonial evidence in favour of miracles conflicts with the evidence for the laws of nature, it is up to the atheist to demonstrate, on a case-by-case basis, why the testimonial evidence is to be rejected. His conclusion is that, contrary to what is usually thought, the burden of proof lies not upon the shoulders of the theist, but upon the shoulders of the atheist.

Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
ISBN: 9780773506152
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 230 x 150 mm

You may also be interested in...

The Face of God
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Why I am not a Christian
Added to basket
The Happiness Hypothesis
Added to basket
Conversations with God - Book 2
Added to basket
Meditations
Added to basket
£7.99   £5.99
Paperback
An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding
Added to basket
Religion for Atheists
Added to basket
The Case for God
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
Simone Weil: An Anthology
Added to basket
Good Morning, Holy Spirit
Added to basket
A History Of God
Added to basket
£11.99
Paperback
The Sickness Unto Death
Added to basket
Conversations with God - Book 3
Added to basket
Conversations With God
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.