Repost: A Good Response to Miracles   Leave a comment


Particular stories of miracles always left me cold. I believe in their possibility, but my standard for proof for particular miracles is high. So I really appreciated this post from Slacktivist about his reaction to the book, Miracles. I feel like sums up pretty well the approach that I tend to take with respect to the supernatural. Here’s a bit of a teaser:

That X-Files analogy also highlights another underlying problem with Miracles. If you’re not familiar with Chris Carter’s wonderful 1990s TV show, it follows the adventures of two FBI agents who are tasked with investigating unexplained phenomena. Agent Scully, played by Gillian Anderson, is the one who believes in UFOs.

Many people get that backwards. Since Scully is the skeptical scientist and Mulder the idealistic true believer, they mistakenly think Mulder believes in UFOs. He doesn’t. Mulder can’t abide allowing flying objects to remain unidentified. He doesn’t believe in UFOs, he believes in alien spacecraft.

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Posted 07/29/2012 by reluctantliberal in Repost

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