n HTS : Theological Studies - Historians and miracles : the principle of analogy and antecedent probability reconsidered : original research
|Article Title||Historians and miracles : the principle of analogy and antecedent probability reconsidered : original research|
|Journal||HTS : Theological Studies|
|Author||Michael R. Licona and Jan G. Van der Watt|
|Publication Date||Jan 2009|
|Pages||1 - 6|
|Keyword(s)||Antecedent probability, Biblical hermeneutics, Historicity of miracle stories, Miracles and Principle of analogy|
Most Biblical scholars and historians hold that the investigation of a miracle report lies outside of the rights of historians acting within their professional capacity. In this article, I challenge this assertion and argue to the contrary: Historians are within their professional rights to investigate miracle claims and to adjudicate on the historicity of the events. I present a positive case for the historian's right to adjudicate on miracle claims and address two major objections to this conclusion: the principle of analogy and antecedent probability. At times I use the resurrection of Jesus as an example. This is the first of two articles. In the second, I will address three additional common objections: the theological objection, the lack of consensus and miracle claims in multiple religions.
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