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  1. What are Miracles?

    This is because many people believe that god acts through the lives of individuals. They believe that god works through people. For example, mother Teresa; she dedicated her life to helping the sick and the poor people. Many people believed that this was an act of god, that god was working through her. In Mark's gospel there were many events were miracles occurred. These miracles could be divided into four categories: physical healing, nature, exorcism and resurrection. A miracle which includes physical healing, would be when a person is supernaturally healed, they were healed unnaturally with no explanation, by healing beyond the powers of humans or medicine.

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    What I understand about the word miracle is that it happens through God and only God can make miracles happen but it seems at the present moment miracles can happen for example something really good but unexpected happens we will classify it as a miracle, but is it a miracle or good fortune? I can understand if a person who claims to have 'seen' or have been 'saved' by a miracle is a practicing Christian and had always believed in God or knows that they have not been the best person but has realized their mistakes and has confused and turned they life around.

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  3. On the road Kerouc

    The book is today considered a classic addition to Beat literature while many critics failed to understand the purpose of the novel in the days when it first appeared. JACK MINCH (2001) discusses how the book was viewed by contemporaries of the author, "Kerouac wrote the novel in a coffee-saturated, 20-day typewriter marathon at a friend's apartment in New York City in 1951. When finally published six years later, it won critical acclaim as an unconventional masterpiece, defining a post-World War II ``Beat Generation'' of intellectual outlaws on an aimless, Bohemian odyssey across the American landscape.

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  4. Miracles. Many people have different views on what a miracle really is. For example, David Hume, an 18th century philosopher identified a 'miracle' as "a transgression of a law of nature

    These laws of nature are learnt by observation and scientific deduction of patterns. An example of a law of nature would be gravity, and here Jesus' walking on water, a miracle told of in the Bible, would be a violation of this natural law.3 There are different types of miracles. There are physical miracles, emotional miracles, spiritual miracles etc. Today different people have different beliefs of what a miracle is. According to an atheist a miracle is merely no more than an undiscovered natural law. However Christians have their own beliefs of what a 'miracle', these miracle are best known in the Bible where there is written evidence of real miracles.

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  5. Tim Winton in his 'quintessentially Australian' novel Cloudstreet challenges modern perceptions of spirituality with his rhythmical tale of two families, the Pickles and the Lambs

    The point Winton makes is we need to question, and the answers may be found in the struggle. Biblical allusions permeate the story, particularly in reference to the initially 'God Fearing' lamb family who experience a 'miracle', a large catch of fish, a glowing and a walk on water that carefully mimics events in the bible in a way that suggests the stories it contains are relevant to our lives. Fish Lamb was pummeled back to life by his mother Oriel, after he was involved in a near drowning incident, which is celebrated as a miracle, 'we got him back!

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  6. Examine two philosophical reasons for believing in miracles

    However there are no solutions to these problems if the individual requires evidence, for instance scientific proof, and miracles have none. a) Hume defines a miracle as 'a transgression of a law of nature by a particular volition of the Deity or by the interposition of some invisible agent.' This is the most important point in arguing reasons for believing in miracles. This is because if you interpret the laws of nature to be strict and rigid, then it makes sense that if anything breaks these boundaries, then they should be classed as a miracle.

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  7. Describe how Jesus was presented as a worker of miracles giving examples from Luke's gospel. The miracles Jesus performed in his life fall in to four groups

    They might be lying or fooling themselves and although many people pray for miracles they hardly ever seem to happen. ii) Describe how Jesus was presented as a worker of miracles giving examples from Luke's gospel. The miracles Jesus performed in his life fall in to four groups: physical healings, raising to life miracles, exorcisms and nature miracles. Physical healings including blindness, deafness and dumbness; they show Jesus' power over physical illness. When Jesus healed the sick he showed the love of God reaching to people who were suffering.

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  8. A Biblical Mentoring Relationship: The Story of Elisha

    Elijah was determined to tear down the worship of this Idol. Elijah never really thought that the intensity of Baalism would pass from his time to another's. Elijah probably did not realize that it would be his successor that would have the greatest impact on Baalism as opposed to himself (Barker, 513). Elijah became discouraged. So much so that he fled and wanted to die. Fleeing to Sinai, Elijah was told to anoint a new generation of political and religious leaders (1 Kings 19:9-18). Here we are introduced to Elisha. Elisha was a young farmer who was plowing in the fields when Elijah visited him.

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  9. Christians & Persecution

    He blamed the Christians for that act of arson because they were believed to be crazy by many Romans. The fact remained that Nero was a bad leader and awful Emperor. It didn't help that Nero was a twisted and sadistic person. He found entertainment in "blood sports". He went to watch as Christian slaves were released in to an arena to be torn apart by Gladiators. He used to dress up in wild animal skin and tear off the genitals of Christians who were tied to wooden poles.

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  10. Miracles coursework

    To the person that invented them or to a heart surgeon they are just simple. Today there are still some people who are thought to be miracle workers who God works through. Padre Pio is an example of a miracle worker. Padre Pio was born on May 25, 1887. He was baptised Francis. Even as a child he had extraordinary gifts. While his brothers and sisters played, he prayed. When he was a teenager he received a present of chestnuts wrapped in a bag. He returned the bag to woman who sent it to him.

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  11. 'Miracles are based on fact, not faith' - Discuss.

    David Hume interprets a miracle as being 'a transgression of a law of nature by a particular volition of the deity or by the interposition of some invisible agent.'1 Hume set certain criteria which events had to meet before they could be called miraculous. He thought that miracles were highly improbable events - 'No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle unless if as a falsehood it is more miraculous then being true'.2 Hume is a realist and seems to say not that miracles are impossible but that it is impossible for us to prove that they actually happened.

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  12. What is a miracle?

    He defined a miracle as "a transgression of a law of nature by a particular violation of Deity, or by the intervention of some invisible agent", which exposed his belief that miracles transgress the laws of nature. Hume claimed that "Nothing is esteemed a miracle if it ever happens in the common course of nature" and in Hume's opinion, the highest court of appeal was probability and he believed that all knowledge of a matter of fact is based on past experiences and customs.

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  13. In the Twenty First Century, a miracle has several interpretations.

    The true meaning of a miracle may be missed if it is just treated as news. Miracles are more important than this; they express a belief that Christians have about God and Jesus, which is expressed in the four Gospels. They are an expression of belief because they contain certain accounts of miracles. Religious miracles are physically impossible events that happen due to divine intervention by God due to an act of faith that are not normally possible. A) B) Throughout Luke's Gospel, Jesus is portrayed as being able to perform miracles. He healed the sick and raised the dead back to life.

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  14. How far may theology be reconciled with science in explaining the nature of, and reasons for, the miracles of Jesus?

    Science deals with how things happen, for example, how a foetus is formed, and how natural, observed processes work. At its narrowest, science is based on concrete proof in accordance with natural laws. If theology and science are viewed in their strictest forms, they are poles apart, and cannot easily be reconciled. This is because science is about 'how', based on physical proof, whereas theology is about 'why', and based on blind faith. For us to try to reconcile science and theology, we need to broaden our view of one - or both, and thus become more 'liberal' with our ideals.

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  15. Discuss the meaning of healing miracles with references to present day belief and life.

    Now I don't pray to god as much as I didn't want our lord to take my grandfather away because he is family and I love him with all my heart and he will always be in my heart, but the point is that when we prayed to god we didn't ask him to heal him because we knew it was impossible, instead we asked god to give my grandfather hope, strength and that when his time was up for god to take care of my granddad in heaven.

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  16. Religious Studies Coursework - Power over Disease & Death

    and go home" was truly remarkable, even more so when the paralysed man was actually able to do so. The miracle happened because faith was present. This faith that was present was also present in almost every miracle Jesus performed, and this tells us that faith is necessary for the miracles to happen. Because people were only starting to hear of Jesus and his miracle, they were very weary of him. They accused him of Blaspheming because he claimed to be the Son of God although they were "amazed" by his miracles. This miracle, at the beginning of Mark's gospel starts to tell us that Jesus was there to heal people and to strengthen people's faith, and is especially shown in the miracle: "Jesus heals a man with evil spirits", Mark 5 verses 1-20.

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  17. Gcse Re Coursework - Jerusalem

    The words drifted away on the wind and I felt as if my journey had already begun. To me this was the national anthem of my faith. I am to travel to my sacred goal, to obtain salvation, to grow closer to God and to show Him my love. I believe my spirit's compass is pointing the way, and so I must go and complete my inner spiritual self. I do not seek a miracle, but a chance to show my faith.

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Conclusion analysis

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  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
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    "I believe that the statement "By definition miracles do not occur" is simplistic and problematic for many reasons, as there is great difficulty in actually defining what a miracle is and the arguments that attempt to prove this, such as Hume's a priori argument, are deeply flawed and open to much criticism. Thus I find it is impossible to dismiss Miracles as false by definition, but believe that the evidence must be looked at, "a good scientist looks at the evidence" (Polkinghorne)."

  • Critically assess Hume's dismissal of miracles.

    "Therefore, when regarding Hume's argument as a whole, it is clear to see that to make the argument more solid Hume needs to go into further detail about his four points. However, there are some points, for example the assertion which states that for a miracle to be true, a certain type of person needs to testify for it, which do not hold up when subjected to scrutiny and therefore on a whole I do not find Hume's dismissal a convincing argument. 1 Philosophy of Religion for A level for OCR, PG 176 Vicki Rounding 11th January 2005"

  • Assess Hume's reasons for rejecting miracles

    "In conclusion, I will repeat the point I made in the opening of this essay. Hume's argument is not that miracles cannot happen, but that, given the amount of evidence that has established and confirmed a law of nature, there can never be sufficient evidence to prove that a law of nature has been violated. Emma Ward 09/05/2007 Emma Ward 1"

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