The Resurrection of Christ is a miracle. Has modern science done away with a belief in the miraculous?

The scientific method has changed the way truth, or epistemology, is determined.  David Hume expressed that a miracle is a violation of natural law, and that no one has ever witnessed a violation of natural law, therefore miracles can’t happen.  The claims, based on Newtonian Physics, presuppose an unprovable idea that there is such a thing as natural law.  The idea of natural law is a worthy one because it is more often than not solid.  It is based on scientific observation.  The biggest problem with Hume’s argument is that he later goes on to state that things do happen outside man’s existence.  If miracles can’t happen because no man has ever witnessed them, yet things occur that man has not witnessed, there is no foundation in the claim that miracles can’t happen.  The significance of an event is not determined by a law it supports or refutes.  An event is significant because it happens.  Nothing is 100% provable; there is merely evidence and interpretation of said evidence.  So not even modern science, for all its validity, can disprove the miraculous.

God, by definition, is outside His creation. His existence can be seen in the wonders of His creation, the universe and all that is within it.  Not only that, but there is much that occurs that can not be explained – coincidence, prophecy, deja vu, calling someone just when they need it, common stories from people who have died and been brought back to life, healing aside from medical intervention, etc. Whether one believes in miracles or not does not change the fact they occur. No, modern science has not done away with the idea of miracles.

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4 Responses

  1. Very good post, an Amen here! Is there a Christian Mysticism? I would say yes, both Pauline and Johannine especially!

    Fr. R.

  2. Thanks for the kind words.

    For discussions sake, could you define Christian Mysticism?

  3. WB, I have a blog on this…over a year ago I think? But still there. Check it out?
    Fr. R.

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