The Possibility of Miracles Given the Christian Theistic Worldview
by Jason Hyde
Atheists frequently argue that the Christian worldview is unintelligible. One atheist, A.C. Grayling asserts “reason must be rigorously tested by its own lights, faith rejoices in sometimes being unreasonable.”One popular critique is that miracles are impossible given a modern scientific understanding of reality. The 18th century Scottish Philosopher, David Hume, makes two attacks on miracles: 1. Miracles are violations of the laws of nature; and, 2. Even if a miracle did happen, you should never believe it anyway as it would not be based on human experience and is therefore speculative.
Hume argues that human testimony fails to provide information of the past in regard to whether a miracle took place. But I think that, other factors notwithstanding, human testimony of miracles past is possibly believable, especially concerning the resurrection of Christ. But why stop at human testimony? On the theistic worldview, one may argue that the testimony of divine causal acts (miracles) is shown in Nature and the Biblical witness…