Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Article: On Miracles and Historiography: Can The Supernatural Ever Be The Best Explanation? by Jonathan McLatchie

Is a historian, as a historian, ever justified in inferring a miracle is the best explanation of certain historical facts?  After all, "[h]ow can a historian infer that a miracle is the best explanation of historical data, given that supernatural phenomena are, by their very nature, extremely improbable?"

New Testament scholars such as Bart Ehrman say historians cannot; however, in this featured post by Jonathan McLatchie, he contends otherwise.  In the post, McLatchie explains that this type of thinking originated with David Hume and he demonstrates why this common objection fails.

You can check it out here.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

Footnote:
1. Jonathan McLatchie, "On Miracles and Historiography: Can the Supernatural Ever Be the Best Explanation?," April 26, 2014.

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