No, miracles do not violate the laws of nature
David Hume’s treatise against miracles is one of the most overrated arguments in the history of philosophy
by Erik Manning
he apostle Paul said that Christianity stands or falls on the claim that Jesus rose from the dead. (1 Corinthians 15:14) Yet for many religious skeptics, any argument made for a miracle is a project doomed from the start. It simply cannot get off the ground. Why is that the case?
Enter the famous Scottish philosopher David Hume.
In 1748 Hume wrote a short essay called Of Miracles. Hume vigorously argued that one can ever rationally believe a miracle claim because there is always more evidence that one did not occur. Michael Shermer has gone so far to say that “I think his treatise against miracles is pretty much a knockdown argument. Everything else is a footnote”.
Shermer isn’t alone. Hume’s argument has been the lynchpin of many biblical scholars and critics who reject miracles…