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Are the Miracles in the Old Testament Meant to Be Understood as Historical Events?

| March 18, 2016

In 1 and 2 Kings, Elijah and his disciple Elisha perform, or are associated with, more than 20 miracles. Miraculous activity characterizes their ministries like no other prophet since Moses. Some Christians accept the miracles of Jesus as historical events, but doubt the historicity of the miracles in the Old Testament (OT). C. S. Lewis, […]

Why Was Hume Wrong about Miracles? Part 4

| August 31, 2015

David Hume’s epistemology of strict empiricism is unworkable, unlivable, and unbelievable. Craig Keener, in Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, continues his discussion of Hume’s theory of knowledge: As a more general methodological consideration, Hume’s unduly strict form of empiricism values experience above testimony, yet the vast majority of our general knowledge depends on […]

Why Was Hume Wrong about Miracles? Part 3

| August 26, 2015

David Hume’s criteria for believing the eyewitnesses of miracles sets the bar so high that it is doubtful that we should believe anything anyone says about events that occurred in the past. Craig Keener, in Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, discusses the consequences of applying Hume’s criteria to other disciplines. First, here […]

Why Was Hume Wrong about Miracles? Part 2

| August 24, 2015

Continuing from part 1, we’ll look at Craig Keener’s analysis of Scottish philosopher David Hume’s views on the testimony required to make a miracle claim credible. Keener, in Miracles: The Credibility of the New Testament Accounts, writes: Further, some of Hume’s criteria for witnesses’ acceptability are too vague to quantifiably support his case: he insists […]

Why Was Hume Wrong about Miracles? Part 1

| August 21, 2015

The 18th century philosopher David Hume claimed that there had never been credible testimony offered by anyone claiming they witnessed a miracle. Numerous skeptics who have commented on this blog have basically said the same thing. There is no need, they claim, to investigate the claims of New Testament miracles because there has never been […]

How Are Western Academics Prejudiced Against Miracle Claims?

| August 10, 2015

Many western scholars take the position that miracles don’t occur because they’ve never experienced one and they don’t know anybody credible who has either (this was David Hume’s position as well). But there’s a serious problem with this assertion: they are discounting the testimonies of millions of people they don’t know and to whom they’ve […]

Was Jesus a Miracle Worker?

| March 6, 2015

There continue to be liberal Christians, and even non-Christians, who really like the moral teachings of Jesus (e.g., “Love your neighbor”), but who set aside the accounts of his miracles (e.g., raising Lazarus from the dead). They chalk them up to legend or they insist that the miracles were not what his ministry was about. […]

If We Witness a Miracle, Will We Believe?

| October 29, 2014

Some skeptics claim that if they only see a miracle, they will believe in God. If God would write something in the clouds, or appear in a burning bush and speak directly to them, they would believe. Let’s test this theory out. What we find when we read the Book of Exodus is that God […]

Did the Israelites Cross a Reed Sea or Red Sea?

| August 27, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt  Many Hebrew scholars have noted the words for “Red Sea” (yam suph) can also be translated as “sea of reed” or “reed sea.” This leads to the question of whether the Israelites merely crossed a marsh rather than a deep body of water. A marsh of reeds, after all, would cause […]

Were the Ten Plagues Natural Occurrences or Miracles?

| July 18, 2014

Post Author: Bill Pratt Many scholars have noted that many, if not all, of the ten plagues in Exodus 7-12 can be explained by natural causes. According to Robert Bergen in the Apologetics Study Bible, Some have suggested that bacteria turned the waters red, and the poisoned waters killed the fish and forced the frogs […]

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