Friday, 20 November 2015

Swinburne argues we SHOULD believe in miracles

We rely on the evidence of senses and perception to give us information about the world, so why do we not rely on the evidence and the testimony of those claiming to see miracles?
We should use the following principles to make our decision

  • The Principle of Credulity: If it seems that X is present, then probably x is present. In short what one seems to perceive is probably the case (It is a principle of rationality). He puts the onus on the sceptic to disprove religious experience otherwise it should be taken at face value.

  • The Principle of Testimony: In the absent of special consideration it is reasonable to believe that the experiences of others are probably as they report them. In other words you should believe other people as well.

Nice presentation HERE
Good summary HERE

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