The Puzzle of Miracles

Miracles generally are considered violations of the laws of nature.

The Scottish philosopher David Hume argued famously that it is never rational to

believe a second-hand account of a miracle. But do we in fact know all the laws

of nature? I recently met a psychic and am convinced that he has actually had the

experiences that he describes, including precognition and conversations with deceased

individuals. Edgar Cayce, the so-called “Sleeping Prophet”, for forty-two years

exhibited talents that seem to be violations of the laws of nature. I continue to think

with Hume that it is irrational to accept second-hand accounts of violations of the laws of

nature. The problem is that we have a very limited understanding of what the laws of

nature really are. As Shakespeare says in Hamlet “There are more things in heaven

and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

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