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    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.


Response to Mumford and another definition of miracles

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  • Published online: 01 December 2003

Stephen Mumford concludes a recent paper in Religious Studies, in which he advances a new causation-based analysis of miracles, by stating that the onus is ‘on rival accounts of miracles to produce something that matches it’. I take up Mumford's challenge, defending an intention-based definition of miracles, which I developed earlier, that he criticizes. I argue that this definition of miracles is more consistent with ordinary intuitions about miracles than Mumford's causation-based alternative. I further argue that Mumford has failed to demonstrate any advantages that his approach to miracles has over an intention-based approach.

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Religious Studies
  • ISSN: 0034-4125
  • EISSN: 1469-901X
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