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Unformatted text preview: PHL Thursday, January 28, 2010 On Miracles • eyewitness reports: contrariety - eyewitness reports often contradict each other reliability - of the witness, nature of the witnesses themselves - any proFt? history of making such reports? probability - of the witness telling the truth proof - what counts as proof? • the miraculous (violation of “laws of nature”) or the marvelous - miracle on the hudson? - not a miracle as the pilots skills and the engineers building of the plane made a “marvelous” event, but not a miracle • if you want me to believe that miracle, you have to show me that it would be a greater miracle to disbelieve • lack of reliable consensus - even in religion (canonization of saints) there is lack of reliable consensus about what miracles are • the pleasure of wonder - take great pleasure in wonder - transcendent experience • “ignorant peoples” - ignorant people, such as people living in rural/ trailer parky areas/ credulous people, most often “see” these miracles - people not at the centre of things often have different reasons for wanting to believe things or believing miracles - people who have least advantages need to believe these miracles - gives them distinction • contradictory miracles - within and between religions...
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course PHL 100Y1 taught by Professor Professormarkkingwell during the Fall '09 term at University of Toronto.
- Fall '09