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Tenability of the Miraculous

Wisdom 11:21 "Yea, and without these, they might have been slain with one blast, persecuted by their own deeds, and scattered by the breath of thy power: but thou hast ordered all things in measure, and number, and weight."


This document discusses the logical tenability of the miraculous in general. Is the belief in the miraculous tenable? When science tells us that universe and everything in it operates under an observable rules, how can one defend the belief in Miracles?


The Bible represents creation as ordered, which is to say there are observable laws. Things like biological laws, physical laws, etc. If the Biblical position advocates order within the universe, how are miracles tenable?

An ordered universe is logically required for the miraculous to be observed. Imagine for a moment a universe which lacked consistency or order. Say you have a ball you're bouncing. You bounce it once, it comes up as a ball. You bounce it again, it comes up as a rock. You bounce it again, it turns into Elvis. In such a universe, the miraculous is untenable as there is no order to things. There is no ordinary for the extraordinary to occur.


Scientific laws do not negate the miraculous. To the contrary, they are logically required for the miraculous to exist. This would include biological laws (cf. Virgin Birth, Christ's Resurrection &c), and all such concepts as represent "the natural order".


The author has paraphrased and expanded the above analogy from Fr. Robert Barron. Visit his website below.