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The Why of the Extraordinary: Hume, Ward, and Miracles

Introduction

The subject of miracles has long concerned those removed from theology, and inevitably so; miracles as such defy the most widely held assumptions regarding the natural courses of events, so scientist and philosophers are inevitably drawn to investigating miracles.  In the following, the contrasting views of David Hume and Keith Ward will be summarized, and the primary arguments of each presented.  As Ward essentially rebukes Hume, Hume’s argument will be revealed first.  Then there will be a statement and explanation of which argument has the greater claim to validity.