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Stories about miracles are an obstacle to faith for modern people.(TM) Discuss.

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'Stories about miracles are an obstacle to faith for modern people.' Discuss. A miracle can be defined in a number of ways, for Hume Miracles are a "violation of law by a supernatural being" and Bultmann argued that all miracles are "mythological", this meaning miracle stories were expressions relevant to the question of existence confronting everyone, both scholars opinions highlight the suggestion of if the concept of miracles is valid for modern people as they discuss the relevance of miracles in faith. Hume, in his An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding of Miracles (pt2) stated that "The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one" - Hume is suggesting that the foundations to the Christian religion are based upon miracles and that Christianity is not reasonable if it is based on this, thus Christian belief undermines, "subverts", all understanding and experience - With this view in mind we can make the assumption that for Hume miracles ARE an obstacle to faith for modern people as miracles supposedly weaken the Christian faith as they have no real veracity. ...read more.


However, some sceptical Christians may agree that evidence from the past would create an obstacle to their faith as it weakens the bibles claims. In his third criticism Hume states that witnesses may not be well educated therefore the 'miracle' they witness may be fascinated by what they see and suspend their reason - this causes many problems as uneducated people's claims should not be less valued as faith is not an expertise, somebody's religion should not be devalued because they perhaps do not have a degree in philosophy. A major criticism which could correspond to the argument the question is putting forward is that the miracles of each religion dispute against all other religions and their miracles, and so even if a fraction of all reported miracles across the world fit Hume's requirement for belief, the miracles of each religion make the other less likely - making miracles themselves cancel out religion. Hume does however agree that miracles are a possible occurrence and despite his criticisms he notes the obvious popularity in modern times with the belief in them and that "The gazing populace receive greedily, without examination, whatever soothes superstition and promotes wonder." ...read more.


For Rudolph Bultmann all miracles are "Mythological". By this term he means that miracle stories were expressions relevant to the question of existence that the universe faces. He believes modern science has eliminated miracles: "Man's knowledge and mastery of the world have advanced to such extent through science and technology that it is no longer possible for anyone seriously to hold the New Testament view of the world" Thus Bultmann obviously rejects miracles and thus stories about miracles could be viewed as an obstacle to faith as they do not correspond with science thus cannot be verified. Perhaps we need to demythologise miracles in order for them to be slightly more believable without suspending belief on a whole. Miracles may be seen as a complication in belief in faith as they defy all natural laws and go against science however Quantum Physics suggests that the universe is no longer seen to be governed by a set of constantly applied rules, as in the Newtonian system, therefore the laws of nature can be seen as more fluid and thus miraculous events are more easily acceptable. This allows for atheist miracles also as these miraculous events are not necessarily divine. ...read more.

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