Miracles

Edited by Daniel von Wachter (International Academy of Philosophy)
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Summary The term ‘miracle‘ is taken from ordinary discourse and from religious texts such as the Bible. The most typical examples are cases like God healing a blind man or raising a man from the dead, where God visibly intervenes in the ordinary course of things. Philosophers tend to not consider cases of men, for example the apostles, performing miracles or assume that in these God is the main agent too. However, there are controversial debates about how and how wide the concept of a miracle should be defined. Some define a miracle as not involving a divine intervention, others accept that the concept of a miracle implies a divine intervention and therefore claim that miracles are impossible. Much discussed is the relationship between miracles and the laws of nature.
Key works Larmer 1998 contains articles by various authors with various views.
Introductions Larmer 1988 introduces the debate about miracles, criticising David Hume and defending the possibility of miracles.
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  1. On “Not Three Gods”—Again: Can a Primary‐Secondary Substance Reading of Ousia and Hypostasis Avoid Tritheism?Nathan A. Jacobs - 2008 - Modern Theology 24 (3):331-358.
  2. Gospel Miracle Tradition and the Divine Man.Paul J. Achtemeier - 1972 - Interpretation 26 (2):174-197.
    There is as yet... no unanimity among New Testament scholars as to the extent to which, or even whether at all, the category of divine man played a part in the interpretation of Jesus in the early Christian traditions.
  3. Miracle and Prophecy.W. F. Adeney - 1920 - Hibbert Journal 19:133.
  4. Miracles Old and New.Diogenes Allen - 1974 - Interpretation 28 (3):298-306.
    ... we are to look to God for what which only he can give. If it is available elsewhere, we are not to ask for it even though he can provide it. One thing which only he can give us is genuine goodness or holiness . .. and another is his Kingdom.
  5. Fales, Evan. Divine Intervention: Metaphysical and Epistemological Puzzles.Michael Almeida - 2012 - Review of Metaphysics 65 (4):868-870.
  6. Editorial: In the Guise of a Miracle.Pamela Sue Anderson - 2014 - Sophia 53 (2):171-181.
  7. Prophetenwunder in der As'ariya Bis Al-Gazali.Peter Antes - 1970 - K. Schwarz.
  8. Defending Humility: A Philosophical Sketch with Replies to Tara Smith and David Hume.Michael Austin - 2012 - Philosophia Christi 14 (2):461-472.
  9. On Miracles and Some Other Matters.P. A. B. - 1925 - Modern Schoolman 1 (4):9-10.
  10. Eucharist: Metaphysical Miracle or Institutional Fact? [REVIEW]H. E. Baber - 2013 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 74 (3):333-352.
    Presence as ordinarily understood requires spatio-temporal proximity. If however Christ’s presence in the Eucharist is understood in this way it would take a miracle to secure multiple location and an additional miracle to cover it up so that the presence of Christ where the Eucharist was celebrated made no empirical difference. And, while multiple location is logically possible, such metaphysical miracles—miracles of distinction without difference, which have no empirical import—are problematic. I propose an account of Eucharist according to which Christ (...)
  11. Wallace, Robert.“Observations on the Account of the Miracles of the Abbe Paris (Nota Introductoria, Transcripcion Del Manuscrito Original En Ingles y Traduccion Al Espanol de Este).”.Miguel A. Badia Cabrera - 2004 - Dialogos 83:209-223.
  12. Is Belief in the Supernatural Inevitable?William Sims Bainbridge - 1988 - Free Inquiry 8 (2):21-26.
  13. Faith Healing in Late Byzantium: The Posthumous Miracles of the Patriarch Athanasios I of Constantinople by Theoktistos the Stoudite. [REVIEW]Barry Baldwin - 1984 - Speculum 59 (2):702-704.
  14. The Holy Shroud of Turin.A. S. Barnes - 1931 - New Blackfriars 12 (137):463-474.
  15. I What is a Miracle?David Basinger - 2011 - In Graham H. Twelftree (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Miracles. Cambridge University Press. pp. 19.
  16. Philosophy and Miracle the Contemporary Debate.David Basinger - 1986
  17. The Miraculous.David William Basinger - 1975 - Dissertation, The University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  18. Two. Miracles and Martyrs, Ethics and Hermeneutics: Idolatry From Mendelssohn to Rosenzweig.Leora Batnitzky - 2009 - In Idolatry and Representation: The Philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig Reconsidered. Princeton University Press. pp. 32-61.
  19. Life Is a Miracle.Wendell Berry - 2006 - The Chesterton Review 32 (1-2):223-226.
  20. Above Analysis and Amazement: Some Contemporary Muslim Characterizations of 'Miracle' and Their Interpretation.Stefano Bigliardi - 2014 - Sophia 53 (1):113-129.
    This article aims at contributing to the study of miracles on multiple levels. First, it provides an update on current scholarship in contemporary Muslim interpretations of miracles by summarizing and comparing some positions that, despite their originality and/or potential influence on the wider Muslim readership, are not normally taken into account in a number of recent reconstructions of the concept within Islam. Second, it proposes some complementary philosophical interpretations of those positions, interpretations that involve identifying similarities and commonalities among the (...)
  21. God, Nature, and the Concept of Miracle.Stephen Sviatoslav Bilynskyj - 1983 - Dissertation, University of Notre Dame
    This dissertation is an attempt to defend and develop the implications of the view that miracles are events brought about by God which are physically impossible and which possess some religious significance. By "physically impossible" I mean an event contrary to the natural dispositions of things in the world. Such a view constitutes a return to the classical Thomistic conception of miracle. It is motivated by the failure of the standard modern or contemporary view of miracle to stand up to (...)
  22. Peter Forrest, God Without the Supernatural.J. Bishop - 1999 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 77 (1):106-107.
  23. 6 The Miracles of Jesus.Barry L. Blackburn - 2011 - In Graham H. Twelftree (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Miracles. Cambridge University Press. pp. 113.
  24. Hume and Religious Miracles: A Reply to Robert Larmer.Gregory Bock - 2011 - Philosophia Christi 13 (1):165-168.
  25. Stanko JAMBREK (Priređivač), Leksikon Evanđeoskoga Kršćanstva.Robert Bogešić - 2007 - Kairos: Evangelical Journal of Theology 1 (2):355-357.
  26. Saints, Miracles Et Hagiographie Chez Guillaume d'Auvergne.Pierre Boglioni - 2005 - In Franco Morenzoni & Jean-Yves Tilliette (eds.), Autour de Guillaume d'Auvergne (+1249). Brepols Publishers.
  27. La Conformité de l'Eglise Romaine d'Aujourd'hui Avec l'Eglise Ancienne Prouvée Par le 8. Chapitre du 22. Livre de la Cité de Dieu, Où S. Augustin Raconte les Miracles Faits Par les Reliques de S. Estienne Premier Martyr, & Par Celles de Quelques Autres Saints. [REVIEW]Jacques Boireau & Marie Cramoisy - 1672 - Chez la Veuve Edme Martin ..
  28. The Argument From Miracles.Daniel Bonevac - 2011 - Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion 3:16-40.
  29. Book Review: Jesus the Miracle Worker. [REVIEW]Marcus J. Borg - forthcoming - Interpretation 54 (2):213-213.
  30. Intellectual and Natural Order in Post-Cartesian Age.Carlo Borghero - 2010 - Rivista di Filosofia 101 (1):23-56.
  31. Le miracle dans la théologie fondamentale classique.Benoît Bourgine - 2010 - Recherches de Science Religieuse 4 (4):497-524.
    Que faire des miracles ? Cette question a passablement embarrassé la théologie catholique au cours des dernières décennies. Il est vrai que l’héritage des siècles passés n’était pas simple à recevoir. Longtemps, l’apologétique classique a fait jouer aux miracles un rôle qu’ils ne pouvaient remplir, celui d’argument péremptoire en faveur de la foi.Le présent essai tente de confronter les lacunes de l’apologétique classique aux ressources de la tradition théologique, en fonction de la situation nouvelle créée par les exigences critiques de (...)
  32. 9 Miracles in Traditional Religions.Fiona Bowie - 2011 - In Graham H. Twelftree (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Miracles. Cambridge University Press. pp. 167.
  33. Jesus of Nazareth: Part 2. Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusalem to the Resurrection by Joseph Ratzinger.Ian Boxall - 2012 - New Blackfriars 93 (1043):119-121.
  34. Testimony and Intersubjectivity.Joseph A. Bracken - 1987 - Philosophy and Theology 2 (1):35-43.
    Following a brief examination of some remarks by Paul Ricoeur on the notion of testimony. I provide the outline or an analysis of revelation based upon certain key concepts of process philosophy. This is followed by a more specific interpretation within the context of Whitehead’s philosophy of process.
  35. The Great Debate on Miracles.Robert Brecher - 1984 - Philosophical Studies 30:262-266.
  36. Jordan Howard Sobel, Logic and Theism: Arguments for and Against Beliefs in God Reviewed By.Manuel Bremer - 2004 - Philosophy in Review 24 (5):368-371.
  37. 15 Issues in the History of the Debates on Miracles.Colin Brown - 2011 - In Graham H. Twelftree (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Miracles. Cambridge University Press. pp. 273.
  38. Miracles and the Critical Mind.Colin Brown - 1985 - Religious Studies 21 (3):427-429.
  39. St. Martin and His Hagiographer: History and Miracle in Sulpicius Severus. [REVIEW]Peter Brown - 1985 - Speculum 60 (3):727-729.
  40. Miracles, Work's Above and Contrary to Nature, or, an Answer to a Late Translation Out of Spinoza's Tractatus Theologico-Politicus, Mr. Hobbs's Leviathan, &C. Published to Undermine the Truth and Authority of Miracles, Scripture, and Religion, in a Treatise Entituled, Miracles No Violation of the Laws of Nature.Thomas Browne - 1683 - Printed for Samuel Smith.
  41. The Natural and Supernatural End of the Intellect.William D. Bruckmann - 1931 - New Scholasticism 5 (3):219-233.
  42. We Need A Miracle!Art Buchwald - 1996 - Free Inquiry 16.
  43. Pravilno Razumijevanje Evanđelja Kao Ključ Za Zdravu Evangelizaciju, Život I Službu Crkve.Ervin Budiselić - 2013 - Kairos: Evangelical Journal of Theology 1:9-32.
  44. Attributing Miracles to Agents – Reply to George D. Chryssides: Herbert Burhenn.Herbert Burhenn - 1977 - Religious Studies 13 (4):485-489.
  45. Faith and Supernatural Miracles.Arnold Burms - 2012 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 74 (2):299-303.
  46. Colin Brown. Miracles and the Critical Mind. Pp. Viii+ 388.(Exeter: Paternoster Press, 1984.)£ 14.20.R. M. Burns - 1985 - Religious Studies 21 (3):427-429.
  47. The Great Debate on Miracles.R. M. Burns - 1984 - Religious Studies 20 (2):316-318.
  48. The Great Debate on Miracles: From Joseph Glanvill to David Hume.R. M. Burns - 1981 - Associated University Presses.
  49. The Exception of Testimony.Rodolphe Calin - 2005 - Levinas Studies 1:73-97.
    There is witness, a unique structure, an exception to the rule of being, irreducible to representation, only of the Infinite (OB 146). It is with this excessive phrase that Levinas collects his thoughts on testimony. How are we to understand this excess? If the phrase is excessive, it is not an exaggerated phrase — not a phrase which, by its very exaggeration, would hold that testimony achieves its supreme signification in religious experience. It is not a question here of giving (...)
  50. Miracles À Antioche d'Après l'Histoire de Théodoret de Cyr.M. -A. Calvet - 2004 - Topoi:507-517.
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