Essay Topic: David Hume on Miracles. In this paper, you’re going to discuss David Hume’s famous case that belief in miracle reports is always unreasonable. Is this a convincing argument? Yes or No? How come? Draw on the professional literature as you answer this question. Defend Hume from objections. Sources: You can use other sources just source them using MLA format. Format: 6 pages, double spaced, 12 pt font, Times New Roman Thesis: Must be very clear Present and defend your own philosophical argument in a way that engages that material — along with other readings — and advances the discussion. The idea here is that there is some conversation going in the Early Modern Philosophy literature. Your job is to get involved, and move that discussion forward with a sustained philosophical argument, after having undertaken some research. You should be arguing not so much about what an author said, i.e. one of their arguments, but at critically evaluating one of their arguments. Things to talk about in the essay: Central to many strands within the diverse Christian tradition [not to mention other faith traditions] are miracles — and reports of miracles. “But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen. And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” A Modern Denial of Miracles. Recently, the notion that there were (or are) miracles has received a lot of bad press. And a good deal of that press, perhaps surprisingly, has come from within religion ? specifically, from the pens of various academic theologians. Thomas Jefferson cut out the many references to miracles from the Bible (known as the Jefferson Bible) in order to focus on its moral teaching. Jefferson’s activities and Bultmann’s passage, however, don’t really contain much by way of serious arguments against [a] the possibility of miracles, [b] the justification of belief in miracles, or [c] the rationality of belief in miracle reports.
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