Against the possibility of historical evidence for miracles

Sophia 44 (1):7 - 23 (2005)
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In his book The Concept of Miracle and his paper ‘For the Possibility of Miracles’ Swinburne claims that there are no logical difficulties in supposing that there could be strong historical evidence for the occurrence of miracles. This claim is based on three assertions; two of which I demonstrate are only true contingently. In this paper I identify several logical difficulties regarding the possibility of attaining historical evidence for the occurrence of miracles. On the strength of these logical difficulties I hope to demonstrate that there is sufficient reason to doubt Swinburne’s central claim.



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