From: Dick Fischer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu May 22 2003 - 11:45:26 EDT
Hi Howard, you wrote:
>4. Not all divine action need be considered as supernatural.
Can we allow for any supernatural divine action? A resurrection certainly
seems to call for something extraordinary.
>5. If "miracle" is defined in terms of human perception (as in Locke's
>approach) then miracles need not be supernatural either.
"If" is the operative word here, isn't it? By such a definition David
Copperfield performs miracles. Doesn't there have to be some yardstick by
which we can delineate between those "miracles" that are hallmarks of our
Christian faith and those that can be performed on a stage with smoke and
>6. Naturalistic theism rejects the concept supernatural divine action, but
>at the same time enriches the concept of "natural" action to include
>non-coercive divine action as an essential element in all events that occur
>in the world.
Not to be divisive, but would you care to give any NT example (outside the
resurrection) where "supernatural divine action" might explain the event,
such as calling forth Lazarus, changing water into wine, a blind man made
Dick Fischer - Genesis Proclaimed Association
Finding Harmony in Bible, Science, and History
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