Hume, Contrary Miracles, and Religion as We Find It

History of Philosophy Quarterly 39 (2):147-161 (2022)
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In the “Contrary Miracles Argument,” Hume argues that the occurrence of miracle stories in rival religions should undermine our belief in the trustworthiness of these reports. In order for this argument to have any merit, it has to be understood in its historical, religious context. Miracle stories are used in support of religions, and it's part of religion as we find it to reject miracle stories from rival traditions. A defender of miracle stories could avoid the argument by breaking the connection between miracles and religious doctrine, but then miracles won't justify revealed religion.

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Michael Jacovides
Purdue University


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