Should You Believe in Miracles?

published 5 years ago by BBC Radio

Philosopher David Hume thought you should look at the evidence. We've employed a Time Lord to investigate. Narrated by Aidan Turner.

NMSU one tells you they've seen a statue weep. A child's brought back to life water turned to wine should you believe them. Not according to David Hume. It is controversial essay of miracles he argued that we should distinguish miracles from extraordinary events. A miracle breaks an established law of nature whereas an extraordinary events is just an unexpected a rare one. If I get struck by lightning 7 times in a week and survive. Or suddenly recover from a life threatening illness however amazing. These events are consistent with the laws of nature. But if I raise someone from the dead flap my arms and fly around the room and then vanish into thin air dots a miracle. Why should we believe witnesses of miracles. Eyewitness testimony is notoriously fallible. For ...

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