In a new EPS web series of articles, Robert Larmer develops some reflection and argument related to his recent book, The Legitimacy of Miracle (Lexington, 2013). Larmer is Professor of Philosophy in the Philosophy Department at the University of New Brunswick.
In the first part, Larmer argues for a definition of miracle and then rejects the claim that miracles, in the strong sense of supernatural intervention in nature, implies violation of the laws of nature. The claim is rejected on the basis that such intervention can occur not by violating the laws of nature but by altering the material conditions to which the laws apply.
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Enjoy the remaining parts in this web series:
- Part 2: Miracles and the Principle of the Conservation of Energy.
- Part 3: Do Miracles Require Extraordinary Evidence?
- Part 4: Miracles and the Progress of Science.
- Part 5: Miracles as Inconsistent with the Perfection of God.
- Part 6: Miracles as Evidence for God.
- Part 7: Miracles and Christian Apologetics.
Readers may also be interested in these similarly themed contributions by Larmer at EPSOCIETY.org: