This paper will demonstrate why Hume thinks accepting testimony about a miracle is unreasonable and

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This paper will demonstrate why Hume thinks accepting testimony about a miracle is unreasonable and why he is incorrect. It will do so by first presenting Hume's argument as to why miracles are improbable. Second it will present Hume's four main justifications for not accepting miracles. Finally it will present how Hume's justifications are incorrect. Hume believes that accepting testimony about miracles is unreasonable because there is no imperative reason to believe in miracles. Our knowledge of miracles comes from the testimony of others, and since this a second hand experience one should not regard it as reputable compared to ones own experiences. () Hume concludes that beliefs should be proportioned to evidence. ()Thus in cases…show more content…
() Third he states that most descriptions of miracles comes from uneducated, barbarous people, who are not refined enough to not believe such an account. () He also states that civilized societies are not subjected to these falsehoods. Finally he states that every religion has their own accounts of micelles that not align with the miracles of other religions. () Each religion argues against each other and portrays other religions miracles as pharisees. The evidence of miracles counter other religions and don't correspond. () Therefore Hume concludes that there is no rational grounds onto which one could trust in miracles and that they are just based on religious faith, and not in reason. Hume is incorrect in his justifications of why accepting testimonies of miracles is unreasonable, because he presents a circular argument. Hume states that miracles have possibly not arisen because they are a infringement of past experiences, but they are only a violation because they have not occurred in the past.The Laws of nature are organized in a way that is based off of past experiences. Therefore if one has experienced miracles, it is then part of their past experiences, and most past experiences differ from one another. For example people open doors everyday, if someone always went through a door that said "push" and one day started going through a door that says "pull", that would not be a

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