Paine and Hume Regarding the Resurrection

Paine and Hume Regarding the Resurrection February 19, 2021

Is this all we need when considering the Resurrection of Jesus?

When examining artifacts from the past, historians assume that nature worked back then as it does today; otherwise, anything goes. American patriot Thomas Paine, in The Age of Reason, asked: “Is it more probable that nature should go out of her course, or that a man should tell a lie? We have never seen, in our time, nature go out of her course; but we have good reason to believe that millions of lies have been told in the same time; it is, therefore, at least millions to one, that the reporter of the miracle tells a lie.”…

David Hume wrote: “No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle unless that testimony be of such a kind that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavours to establish.”[1]

Could I really just distil my forthcoming book on the Resurrection dow to this pithy quote?

Probably.

[1] Barker, Dan (2008), Godless, Ulysses Press, p. 278-79.

 


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