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    Luck, Morgan 2016. Defining Miracles: Direct vs. Indirect Causation. Philosophy Compass, Vol. 11, Issue. 5, p. 267.

    Padgett, Alan G. 2012. The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity.

    Ransom, Michael R. and Alicke, Mark D. 2012. It’s a Miracle: Separating the Miraculous from the Mundane. Archive for the Psychology of Religion, Vol. 34, Issue. 2, p. 243.

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Miracles: metaphysics and modality

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  • Published online: 01 June 2001

It is argued that miracles are best understood as natural events with supernatural causes and that such causal interaction is logically possible. Such miracles may, or may not, involve violations of natural laws. If violations of laws are possible, Humean supervenience views of laws are best avoided. Where miracles violate laws, it shows that what is naturally impossible may be actual and what is naturally necessary may not be actual. Whether or not miracles actually occur, this demonstrates that the nomic modalities differ from the logical. The theory contrasts favourably with competitors and allows, contrary to an interpretation of Aquinas, that Creation would have been a miracle.

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