Arguments from History and Miracles

Richard Swinburne

in The Existence of God

Published in print March 1991 | ISBN: 9780198239635
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598609 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Arguments from History and Miracles

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God has reason to bring about occasional miracles in the sense of violations of laws of nature. (e.g., as answers to prayer or to show his approval of some particular teaching). He has reason to become incarnate in order to provide atonement for human sin, to reveal truth and to identify with our sufferers; and to show that he has done this by a super‐miracle such as the Resurrection. But for God such violations are not to be expected. Hence, violations in the right sort of circumstances is further evidence of the existence of God.

Keywords: atonement; God; incarnation; laws of nature; miracle; Resurrection; sin

Chapter.  8521 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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