RE: [asa] "horror miraculi" (science vs. miracles)

From: Dehler, Bernie <bernie.dehler@intel.com>
Date: Wed May 13 2009 - 15:07:04 EDT

"...science does not *deny* 'miracle either, just as it does not deny moral law or aesthetic feeling; it is simply blind to them."

It depends on specifics.

For example- did God create humans from a pile of dirt- literally- as a miracle (as a literal interpretation of Genesis suggests)? Science has something to say about that. Definitely no miracle- DNA evidence strongly indicates, beyond a reasonable doubt, that humans biologically descended from apelike ancestors. Science 1, Miracle 0. Therefore, a person is being foolish to deny evolution because of the DNA evidence for it.

Did Jesus rise from the dead (miracle)? No one knows for sure. It can't be proven with available knowledge. Science vs. Miracle - tie. Therefore a person can reasonably either believe or not in the risen Christ.

,,,Bernie

-----Original Message-----
From: asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu [mailto:asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu] On Behalf Of Ted Davis
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 11:50 AM
To: asa@calvin.edu; Cameron Wybrow
Subject: [asa] "horror miraculi"

The term you are looking for, Cameron, is "horror miraculi", and it was
coined by the late R. Hookaas in his terrific little book, "Natural Law and
Divine Miracle" (1959), on p. 162. I can't type in the whole section to
provide the appropriate context, but I will copy this much (below).

"Things that matter much in human life, 'good' and 'bad', 'beautiful' and
'ugly', do not even exist in the world of science. Similarly, there is no
place for anything 'miraculous' or 'supernatural' in the scientific system.
Science never affirms these things: if a miracle were encountered, either a
more comprehensive law would be sought to account also for this irregular
event, or it would be explained away, or it would be reckoned among the
events 'not yet explained'. Methodologically, science regards everything
seemingly miraculous as subject to some natural law, it makes Simon Stevin's
motto its own: 'wonder en is geen wonder' (wonder is no wonder).

On the other hand, science does not *deny* 'miracle either, just as it does
not deny moral law or aesthetic feeling; it is simply blind to them."

Good stuff, recommended to all and not just to Cameron.

Ted

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