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In explaining Humes critique of the belief in miracles we must first understand the definition of a miracle The Webster Dictionary defines a miracle as a supernatural event regarded as to define action one of the acts worked by Christ which revealed his divinity an extremely remarkable achievement or event an unexpected piece of luck Therefore a miracle is based on ones perception of past experiences what everyone sees It is based on an individuals own reality and the faith in which heshe believes in it is based on interior events such as what we are taught and exterior events such as what we hear or see first hand When studying Humes view of a miracle he interprets or defines a miracle as such a miracle is a violation of the laws of nature an event which is not normal to most of mankind Hume explains this point brilliantly when he states Nothing is esteemed a miracle if it has ever happened in the common course of nature It is no miracle that a man seemingly in good health should die on a sudden Hume p888 Hume states that this death is quite unusual however it seemed to happen naturally He could only define it as a true miracle if this dead man were to come back to life This would be a miraculous event because such an experience has not yet been commonly observed In which case his philosophical view of a miracle would be true Hume critiques and discredits the belief in a miracle merely because it goes against the laws of nature Hume defines the laws of nature to be what has been uniformly observed by mankind such as the laws of identity and gravity He views society as being far to liberal in what they consider to be a miracle He gives the reader four ideas to support his philosophy in defining a true miracle or the belief in a miracle
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