Paper 20: Miracles and Science



Dr Denis Alexander


A secular narrative assumes that scientists are not supposed to believe in miracles. However, those who established the foundations for modern science nearly all did. Furthermore, scepticism often stems from the philosopher David Hume’s definition of miracles, but his definition is very different from the biblical understanding of miracles. This paper explores these issues and concludes that it is rational for a person to believe in miracles within the biblical understanding of the term, whilst at the same time encouraging critical assessment of miraculous claims that are poorly supported by evidence.