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" A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature ; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature of the fact, is as entire as any argument from experience can possibly be imagined. "
Lectures on Ecclesiastical History - Page 414
by George Campbell - 1807 - 503 pages
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Religion in the Heavens: Or, Mythology Unveiled in a Series of Lectures

Logan Mitchell - Religion - 1881 - 201 pages
...modern philosopher has given the quietus to miracles in the following death-blow : — " A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature ; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature...
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Christianity & Western Thought: A History of Philosophers, Ideas & Movements

Colin Brown - Religion - 1990 - 447 pages
...argument contained a definition of miracles which was in effect a denial of their possibility. A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature...
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Passionate Reason: Making Sense of Kierkegaard's Philosophical Fragments

C. Stephen Evans - Philosophy - 1992 - 224 pages
...94-95n (257-58n). 39. The following well-known passage lies at the heart of Hume's argument: "A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature...
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Primary Readings in Philosophy for Understanding Theology

Diogenes Allen, Eric O. Springsted - Philosophy - 1992 - 308 pages
...prevail, but still with a diminution of its force, in proportion to that of its antagonist. A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature...
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Philosophical Interpretations

Robert J. Fogelin - Philosophy - 1992 - 272 pages
...which occur in the same paragraph, are particularly relevant to this discussion: Passage I. A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature...
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Philosophical Problems and Arguments: An Introduction

James W. Cornman, Keith Lehrer, George Sotiros Pappas - Philosophy - 1992 - 372 pages
...David Hume. Hume's Objection: Belief in Violation-Miracles Is Always Unjustified Hume says, A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature...
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An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding ; [with] A Letter from a Gentleman ...

David Hume, Eric Steinberg - Philosophy - 1993 - 151 pages
...prevail, but still with a diminution of its force, in proportion to that of its antagonist. A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature...
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Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics

William Lane Craig - Religion - 1994 - 350 pages
...for the regularity of the laws of nature, which also amounts to a full proof. He writes, "A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature, and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, a proof against miracle, from the very nature of...
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Faith & Reason: Searching for a Rational Faith

Ronald H. Nash - Religion - 1994 - 296 pages
...impossible. Such people base this opinion on a superficial reading of the following words: "A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle, from the very nature...
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Preface to Modernism

Art Berman - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 354 pages
...Concerning Human Understanding, sec. 10, Hume writes concerning the possibility of miracles: "A miracle is a violation of the laws of nature; and as a firm and unalterable experience has established these laws, the proof against a miracle ... is as entire as...
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