Senses of ‘Miracle’

  • Richard Swinburne
Part of the New Studies in the Philosophy of Religion book series (NSPR)


There are many different senses of the English word ‘miracle’ (and of words normally so translated into English). In this chapter I shall distinguish these different senses, and show how they are related. I shall end by justifying my taking a particular sense of the word for subsequent philosophical analysis. I shall in subsequent chapters consider in detail what it means to say that in this sense a miracle occurred, and what would be evidence that it did. My analysis of this sense should indicate the way in which claims about miracles in other senses of the word are to be analysed, and so supported or refuted.


Philosophical Problem Natural Power Extraordinary Event Religious Significance Subsequent Chapter 
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© Richard Swinburne 1970

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Swinburne
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  1. 1.University of HullUK

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