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It is evident in David Humes writing of An Equity Concerning Human Understanding that he does not believe that miracles take place Hume is a man of logic who believes in experience over knowledge Of course it is hard for such a man to believe in extraordinary claims without being there to witness them Especially when such events require a lot of faith In order for an event to be deemed a miracle it must disobey the laws of nature However it is these same laws that disprove almost any miracle that has ever been reported He writes that some events that people report as miracles truly are not For example it is not a miracle that fire burns wood or that a healthy man dies because both of these are within the laws of nature If a person does seemingly commit a miracle they must do something that obviously defies the laws of nature and be able to do it repeatedly as to prove that it is not a fluke Hume strongly depends on the laws of nature to disprove miracles because it is something that he knows will hold up through experience Even if something happens that is extremely rare for example snow in June we can disprove this as a miracle because it has been our experience in life that the weather is never constant and under extreme conditions we can get very cold weather during the summerHe is so skeptical against miracles that he says he cannot even believe someone claiming to have witnessed a miracle without first examining their reason for making such a claim In order to believe their trust he must first learn the purity of their intentions By this I mean he must first consider whether or not the persons judgment was deceived by their senses and next why the person is telling him about the miracle and what they have to gain by trying to deceive
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