Are Miracles Illogical?

by Keith Plummer

Many who adhere to philosophical naturalism or materialism call claims that supernatural events occurred in the past (and are possible today) illogical because of their pre-commitment to a view of the world that precludes anything that transcends nature. They equate being rational with holding to some form of naturalism and therefore conclude that any claim that contradicts naturalism is irrational. But this is fallacious. It will not do to dismiss miracles out of hand on the grounds that nature is all there is. That’s the very question at the heart of the dispute between the Christian theist and the atheist. If we inhabit a universe created, upheld, and governed by a transcendent, omnipotent, all-wise God, then there is no problem with the possibility of miracles. One can only claim that miracles are impossible if, in fact, one knows that God is not there. But as the late Greg Bahnsen noted…
 

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