Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

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According to David Hume, a well known philosopher and historian during the 18th century, a miracle is defined as something that goes in direct violation of the laws of nature. An example of a miracle could be something like a man coming back to life, a child walking on water, or a woman turning water into wine. Miracles do not play by the rules for they are always under scrutiny and yet people still find themselves believing in them. Within “An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding” by David Hume, Hume explores the notion of miracles and questions what drives people to believe in these miracles that are not grounded in facts but by faith. Upon reading this piece, a question that may arise for some is even though Miracles have no basis for …show more content…

One can think of believing in miracles the same as believing in different religions. Though some people choose to believe in Christianity, Islam, Buddhism or even atheism, each of them may be discrediting the other religions but yet they are okay with doing so. It is not necessarily as simple as boiling it down to different strokes for different folks, but something more is happening here. By sharing different religions and people living in harmony (for the most part), it proves to show that not everybody has to come to the same conclusion. Both religion and miracles operate on a different spectrum in regards to belief. They are not rooted in facts but rather by faith which can be up for interpretation by each person. As for the answer to this question, what comes to mind is that believing in miracles is not inherently bad, but its appointed status is relative to time. The enlightened period was a time where empirical evidence was important and thinkers strived towards the goal of absolute truths. Therefore when the topic of miracles arrived, they needed to be looked at using the same methods as everything else, though they are in class of their own. Comparing this to the Middle ages where there wasn’t as strong as a push towards there being one right answer, people were okay with filing things under the labels of miracles or the supernatural. So in regards to miracles, it really does depend upon the era and the people on determining if it is okay or not.

In conclusion, for Hume miracles may be something that could in fact exist but is extremely hard to prove. Therefore it seems as though miracles may not be detrimental to believe in, but they should be viewed with some skepticism. Regardless of proof or faith, when looking for the truth one must accept the outcome and live with the

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