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The Miracle MythWhy Belief in the Resurrection and the Supernatural is Unjustified$
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Larry Shapiro

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231178402

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231178402.001.0001

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(p.17) 2. Miracles
The Miracle Myth

Larry Shapiro

Columbia University Press

Because miracles have supernatural causes, a justified belief that a given event is a miracle requires that one be justified in believing that its cause is supernatural. But the only way to infer that a supernatural cause exists is through a kind of inference -- inference to the best explanation. Unfortunately, inference to the best explanation cannot justify belief in the supernatural. Thus, belief in miracles is unjustified.

Keywords:   Miracles, Justification, Inference to the Best Explanation, Supernatural, Natural

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