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On Miracles Pt. 1
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7/21/2012 4:08:16 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Humes case: Re-mastered.
"Since the Authority of Scripture of tradition is founded merely in the testimony of the Apostils who were eyewitnesses to those miracles the evidence for the truth of Religion is less than the evidence for the truth of our [personal sensations.] "
Because even for the first authors of Religion it was no different. And it is evident it must diminish in passing from them to their disciples. Nor can anyone rest such confidence in their testimony as in the immediate object of the senses.
But a weaker evidence can never destroy a stronger; and, therefore [Religious doctrines] which present things ever so clearly in Scripture, it would be directly contrary to the rules of reasoning to give our assent to it. "
It contradicts sense, though both the Scripture and tradition, on this it is supposed to be built, do not carry as much evidence with them as sense, when they are considered merely as external evidences and are not brought home to everyone.
Nothing is convenient as a decisive argument of the kind, which must at least silence the most arrogant of bigotry and superstition and free us from their important solicitations.
For or against? what can you defend?
"The bud disappears when the blossom breaks through, and we might say that the former is refuted by the latter; in the same way when the fruit comes, the blossom may be explained to be a false form of the plant's existence, for the fruit appears as its true nature in place of the blossom. These stages are not merely differentiated; they supplant one another as being incompatible with one another." G. W. F. HEGEL