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When asked the question whether it is reasonable to believe that a miracle has occurred based on the testimony of other people David Hume will always answer no This paper will discuss why Hume feels it is unreasonable to believe in the occurrence of a miracle based on the testimony of others Then I will discuss and support reasons for believing in miracles using circumstances surrounding the testimony and the context of the testimony A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws the proof against a miracle from the very nature of the fact is as entire as any argument from experience can possibly be imagined 710 Hume argues that it is unreasonable to believe in the occurrence of a miracle based on the testimony of others because neither the reliability of laws of nature nor the reliability of human testimony is relations of ideas or 100 certain He is not claiming that a miracle could not take place because this would contradict the Matters of Fact argument God is omnipotent and can therefore suspend the laws of nature However he is claiming that people should be skeptical about believing the testimony of others because of the possibility of an ulterior motive behind sharing the testimony Why is the person telling the testimony Is it because they want to deceive others If so what will they gain by deceiving others Or maybe the person thought a miracle occurred because he was deceived by his senses Hume argues that if a civilized people has ever given admission to a miracle that people will be found to have received them from ignorant and barbarous ancestors who transmitted them with that inviolable sanction and authority which always attend received opinions 711 This argument expresses his view that people believe in miracles because of what someone in the past has told them whether
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