Miracles Are Not Violations of the Laws of Nature Because the Laws Do Not Entail Regularity

European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 7 (4):37 (2015)
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Some have tried to make miracles compatible with the laws of nature by re-defining them as something other than interventions. By contrast, this article argues that although miracles are divine interventions, they are not violations of the laws of nature. Miracles are also not exceptions to the laws, nor do the laws not apply to them. The laws never have exceptions; they never are violated or suspended, are probably necessary and unchangeable, and apply also to divine interventions. We need to reconsider not miracles but laws. The main claim of this article is that laws of nature do not entail regularities, and therefore that miracles do not violate the laws. We need a new theory of the laws of nature: the tendency theory.

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Daniel von Wachter
International Academy of Philosophy In The Principality of Liechtenstein


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