The Problem of Multireligious Miracles

by Max Andrews

The claim is that all religions have their miracles, so what makes Christianity’s miracles true and other religions’ false?

  • Not all religious teach miracles and the Jewish-Christian religions are the only traditions that claim to prove its teachings through miracles.
  • In all cases of miracles, no miracles have the historical evidence like the gospel miracles.
  • Christianity’s miracles are religiously significant.  Jesus’ miracles occurred at the climax of his unparalleled life.
  • Religio-historical context distinguishes miracles from physical anomalies.  When a scientific anomaly occurs it is usually assumed that some unknown natural factors are interfering, so that the law is neither violated nor revised.

One Comment to “The Problem of Multireligious Miracles”

  1. You’re obviously a serious person, who has given this some thought and hard study. I certainly don’t have an advanced degree of any kind, and I respect those who do. And I don’t mean to be a troll or flamer. But that second bullet point… “historical evidence”? You mean the gospels were written journalistically, or as historical records? Do you maintain that they were not written in order to advance this new version of Judaism? That the evangelists had no agenda that they would pursue by story-telling?
    This reminds me of a certain attitude among many Reform Jews – they are reluctant to ascribe kosher laws to “superstition” (i.e., purely religious reasons), so they find comforting modern-style reasons having to do with hygiene, health, disease, whatever. They have to perform especially pretzel-like twisting to justify the meat+milk prohibition (when clearly it was to prohibit the worship of Ashtaroth by seething a kid in it’s mother’s milk).
    Just as Revelations seems to have been written to advance political ideas relevant to the writer in his own time, I believe the Gospels were written to advance the Evangelists’ political ends. And telling of wonders makes for a compelling story that you’d want to repeat.
    Otherwise, you might as well do a Bayesian analysis of the destruction of the Ring of Power in Mt. Doom. After all, Frodo said it happened, and Sam Gamgee confirms it. I think Gandalf the Grey (later, the White) also provides eye-witness testimony to that effect.
    Anyway… thanks for your posts. I think they’re fantastic, literally.

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