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The Historical Christ and the Jesus of FaithThe Incarnational Narrative as History$
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C. Stephen Evans

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263975

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019826397X.001.0001

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Miracles: Their Possibility and Knowability

Miracles: Their Possibility and Knowability

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(p.137) 7 Miracles: Their Possibility and Knowability
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C. Stephen Evans (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/019826397X.003.0007

As explained in the previous chapter, there are substantial arguments that knowledge of the events of the incarnational narrative is not even possible. Several of these centre around the notion of special acts of God in history, and the incarnational narrative as traditionally understood includes such acts. This chapter examines a cluster of objections to such acts of God, the first of which is that such special acts of God are problematic – either such acts are impossible, or they are epistemologically unrecognizable. Another objection examined is the claim that belief in such special acts is religiously or theologically objectionable. The different sections of the chapter are: special acts of God; could God perform miracles?; can a miracle be conceived?; is it possible to have good evidence for miracles?; must we be methodological naturalists (objections to miracles from methodological naturalism)?; and, are miracles theologically objectionable?

Keywords:   acts of God, belief, epistemological objections, events, evidence, impossibility, incarnational narrative, knowledge, methodological naturalism, miracles, objections, problems, religious objections, theological objections

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