By: DAVID RICE Re: Miracles: quotes +quot;Indeed, Mr. Jefferson, what could be invented to

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By: DAVID RICE Re: Miracles: quotes "Indeed, Mr. Jefferson, what could be invented to debase the ancient Christianism, which Greeks, Romans, Hebrews and Christian factions, above all the Catholics, have not fraudulently imposed upon the public? Miracles after miracles have rolled down in torrents, wave succeeding wave in the Catholic church, from the Council of Nice, and long before, to this day." --- John Adams, to Jefferson, 3 December 1813 "In those parts of the world where learning and science has prevailed, miracles have ceased; but in those parts of it as are barbarous and ignorant, miracles are still in vogue." --- Ethan Allen, Reason the Only Oracle of Man, pamphlet, 1784 "All the biblical miracles will at last disappear with the progress of science." --- Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) "Miracles happen to those who believe in them. Otherwise why does not the Virgin Mary appear to Lamaists, Mohammedans, or Hindus who have never heard of her." --- Bernard Berenson (1865-1959) "The world presents enough problems if you believe it to be a world of law and order; do not add to them by believing it to be a world of miracles." --- Louis D. Brandeis "No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind, that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavors to establish." --- David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, 1748 "The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one." --- David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, 1748 "The story of the whale swallowing Jonah, though a whale is large enough to do it, borders greatly on the marvelous; but it would have approached nearer to the idea of a miracle if Jonah had swallowed the whale." --- Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason "No miracle has ever taken place under conditions which science can accept. Experience shows, without exception, that miracles occur only in times and in countries in which miracles are believed in, and in the presence of persons who are disposed to believe them." --- Ernest Renan, 1863 "As nature preserves a fixed and immutable order; it must clearly follow that miracles are only intelligible as a relation to human opinions, and merely mean events of which the natural cause cannot be explained by a reference to any ordinary occurrence, either by us, or at any rate, by the writer and narrator of the miracle." --- Benedict Spinoza, Ethica ordine geometrica demonstrata "Life is not a miracle. It is a natural phenomenon, and can be expected to appear wherever there is a planet whose conditions duplicate those of the earth." --- Harold Urey, Time, 24 November 1952 "As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities." --- Voltaire "Miracles do not happen." --- Matthew Arnold, Literature and Dogma, last words of preface to 1883 edition "'God works in many ways his wonders to perform.' But He's not a skillful mechanic. A man drives over a cliff and 'by a miracle' he only breaks his back. It would be more divine if he were a better driver and stayed on the road." --- Paul Goodman ... A virgin girl who is raped must marry her rapist. Deut. 22:28-29 * Shy.David@EdenBBS.com * Origin: "And furthermore, 'Don't call me brother.'" (1:124/9005)

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