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Unformatted text preview: Background Information swoon Stole n body hallucination s Resurrection Appearances Empty tomb Transformation of disciples RESURRECTION So what about the low prior probability of miracles? Remember that low probability events do occur. The question is whether the alleged resurrection of Jesus is an event of a type that is unlikely ever to occur. Yes? Then Hume is right, and Craig is wrong. D e a d m e n s t a y d e a d A n o l d b o o k s a y s t h a t s o m e p e o p l e s a i d t h a t a d e a d m a n c a m e b a c k t o l i f e . But i s Hume right? Remember that the prior probability depends on background information . What if your background information includes the propositions that God exists and Jesus’ ministry is special? Then how likely is it that miracles would be connected to the life of Jesus? From a debate between Craig and Bart D. Ehrman College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts March 28, 2006 Dr. Ehrman just assumes that the probability of the resurrection on our background knowledge is very low. But here, I think, he’s confused. What, after all, is the resurrection hypothesis? It’s the hypothesis that Jesus rose supernaturally from the dead. It is not the hypothesis that Jesus rose naturally from the dead. That Jesus rose naturally from the dead is fantastically improbable. But I see no reason whatsoever to think that it is improbable that God raised Jesus from the dead. Blaise Pascal Blaise Pascal 1623 - 1662 1623 - 1662 Didn’t think there was any knock-down argument for the existence of God or for the truth of Christianity. He did think there was significant evidence, but that it was not rationally compelling. Pascal on the human condition “Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed.” “The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me.” “I become terrified, like a man who should be carried in his sleep to a dreadful desert island and should awake without knowing where he is and without means of escape.” “Who has put me here? By whose order and direction have this place and time been allotted to me?” The “God-shaped vacuum” in the human heart… “The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.” The human condition...
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This note was uploaded on 02/28/2008 for the course PHIL 1600 taught by Professor Wesleymorriston during the Fall '07 term at Colorado.

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