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In 1835, a man attempted to assassinate the king of France with a hand-made 25-barrel rifle. The discharge killed 18 people and wounded 22, but the king was only grazed by a bullet. Do you believe this was divine intervention?

In 1835, a man attempted to assassinate the king of France with a hand-made 25-barrel rifle. The discharge killed 18 people and wounded 22, but the king was only grazed by a bullet. Do you believe this was divine intervention?
  • Yes, the failed attempt to assassinate Louis Philippe was due to divine intervention.

    Yes, divine intervention was at play during the failed attempted assassination of Louis Phillipe. The fact he was merely grazed by a bullet and 18 people killed and 22 injured, has an extremely low probability. Louis Phillipe served as king an additional 15 years after this attempt and lived an additional two years. This allowed him the opportunity affect foreign policy. Algeria was defeated and relationships with England were built.

  • How do you explain other successful assassination attempts?

    People are killed. Pure and simple. As well, every ruler views themselves as being ordained by god. Are they all? Even when they are in direct opposition?

    Why attribute to divinity what has a perfectly viable explanation? People shoot, people miss. And if it is divine intervention, why was the bullet able to graze the King...?

    What a weak god. Or is that just part of the divine plan? If the king had been shot and killed, would that also be absolved by the idea of 'god's plan'?

    These answers answer absolutely anything, and therefore answer nothing.

  • Divine Intervention is a Myth

    This scenario sounds like the would-be assassin was not very prepared. It was probably just a stroke of luck that the king was not seriously injured or wounded. The king was probably up on a platform away from everybody while the people around the guy were probably right next to him.

  • No, it was not divine intervention.

    No, to say this was divine intervention would discredit the lives lost. The king is just one man; who's to say his life is more important than those around him? Divine intervention would not sacrifice many for the sake of one. Perhaps if the roles were flipped, one could make a proper argument.

  • No, it was terrible markmanship.

    Devine intervetion probably would not have led to such a big tragedy and the deaths of so many people. Instead it is far more likely that this was a simple accient caused by the poorly built guns of the time combined with a shooter that did not know how to handle a gun.


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