Mudcat Café message #3542014
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Thread #150459 Message #3542014
Posted By: Little Hawk
26-Jul-13 - 11:25 AM
Thread Name: BS: Reflections on Religion and Atheism
Subject: RE: BS: Reflections on Religion and Atheism
I agree, Steve, that there are no miracles. Everything that happens is according to natural law.
When people witness something they don't understand or have never heard of before, they are often inclined to call it "a miracle", but that is simply because they don't understand how it happened, and they are not familiar with the natural laws that made it possible.
Don't assume that we've got ALL the natural laws and all the possible events figured out and tucked neatly away in our little bag of "stuff that we have the final answers to", however....I doubt that that is the case. We know quite a bit now about natural laws, but we are far from knowing all of it.
And thus, we may now and again run into a situation that seems miraculous...seems to defy our conventional beliefs about what is "possible". To call that something a "miracle" and mean "against natural law" would be to mislabel it. It's just something we don't understand yet, that's all.
There will always be new things to learn, no matter how long human beings write their science books and compose their religious essays.
In any case, I'm probably as skeptical about most of the more unusual Bible stories as you are...if they were to be taken absolutely literally.