Reported Miracles: A Critique of Hume by J. HoustonReported Miracles: A Critique of Hume by J. Houston

Reported Miracles: A Critique of Hume

byJ. Houston

Paperback | November 5, 2007

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Hume argued that no reasonable person should believe the report of miracles as exceptions to nature's usual course. Many religiously skeptical philosophers agree with him, while some theologians have offered other reasons why those who are believers in God should also refuse to accept accounts of miracles as accurate reportage. Taking the opposite stance, Houston argues that miracle stories may contribute toward the reasonableness of belief in God, and, appropriately attested, may be accepted by believers in God. To bolster his case he examines historically and intellectually significant writings about the miraculous.
Title:Reported Miracles: A Critique of HumeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:November 5, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521043972

ISBN - 13:9780521043977


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Augustine on the miraculous; 2. Aquinas on the miraculous; 3. Locke on the miraculous; 4. Hume on the miraculous; 5. Bradley and Troeltsch on the miraculous; 6. The concept of a miracle - 1; 7. The concept of a miracle - 2; 8. Hume's case - preamble to assessment; 9. Hume's case tested - 1; 10. Hume's case tested - 2; 11. Reported miracles and epistemology; 12. Reported miracles in theology; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Joseph Houston's book is a fine contribution to the philosophical investigation of the value of miracle reports for religious in theological and biblical sources. Houston's reasoning throughout is careful and subtle....I definitely recommend this book for any philosopher, theologian, or student of philosophy interested in the nature of miracles and their possible use in the justification of religious belief." Linda Zagzebski, The Philosophical Review