The Legitimacy of Miracle
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The Legitimacy of Miracle defends the view that miracles, in the strong sense of being events produced by a supernatural agent overriding the usual course of nature, can take place without violating any laws of nature. This means that the evidence for miracles cannot be judged to be in conflict with the evidence for the laws of nature; the result being that Humean objections to the rationality of belief in miracles fail.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 228 pages
  • 157.48 x 223.52 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739184210
  • 9780739184219

About Robert A. Larmer

Robert Larmer is professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of New Brunswick.show more

Review quote

If you are a philosopher religion whose research area is miracles, the book is a must-read. If you are philosopher of religion whose research area is not miracles, then, as the book connects with core topics in this field, it will prove a valuable read. International Journal for Philosophy of Religion Larmer...approaches the task of explication and defense of miracles with rigor and a broad appreciation of important arguments on the topic. His background in philosophy is in clear evidence everywhere...Larmer's book is a careful discussion of many topics central to the age-old concept of miracle, and will be profitable to anyone studying the topic. The European Legacy - Toward New Paradigms "I thoroughly enjoyed this work and learned much from it. This book is carefully organized, closely reasoned, relentlessly logical, and engaged with a broad range of conversation partners. Sophisticated yet accessible to the interested nonspecialist, it moves the discussion forward on a number of key points." -- Craig S. Keener, Asbury Theological Seminary "This is a masterful work of philosophical maturity. Patient, meticulous, and well-informed, Robert A. Larmer systematically disarms the philosophical, theological and scientific case against miracles. He completes his case by showing that Christian theism is the best explanation of well-attested biblical and contemporary miracle reports. Intellectual honesty will require skeptics to reconsider their position. Highly recommended." -- Angus Menuge, President of the Evangelical Philosophical Societyshow more

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter 1: Divine Agency, Miracles and the Biblical Data Chapter 2: Defining Miracle Chapter 3: Home's A Priori Epistemological Argument Chapter 4: Further Epistemological Challenges Chapter 5: Miracle as a Pseudo-Concept Chapter 6: Miracles and Evidence Chapter 7: Miracles and Theism Chapter 8: Miracles and Christianity Epilogue Appendix: Four Healing Casesshow more