There’s no news out there today, so let’s talk about miracles. Miracles are events that are contrary to the laws of nature, which are attributed to supernatural causes. By definition, they are incomprehensible.
In The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Miracles we divided miracles into two categories. Category One miracles are those that, having been said to occur, don’t leave any contradictory evidence to discredit the tale — other than the event’s inherent impossibility, of course. It requires faith to attribute any credit to such tales, but that’s the nature of faith — it’s belief in the absence of evidence or logical proof. Category Two miracles are those that are contradicted by evidence (e.g., young-Earth creationism), and we’re not discussing those here.
Theologians still refer to theology as the queen of the sciences. They usually confine their claims to Category One miracles that are uncontradicted by evidence. e.g., the existence of deities. They’re on safe ground when doing so, but it seems to us that by staying only with “safe” claims, their theology is more like the maiden aunt of science, rather than the queen. The old gal is still with us, but she’s incapable of being productive. So the question arises: As with some nonsensical assertion from one’s maiden aunt, how should we politely respond to an uncontradictable miracle claim?
We suggest acknowledging that science hasn’t yet provided an answer, and may never do so. As for the truth of a miracle which can never be experimentally tested, perhaps the best response is to say that: (1) as mere humans, we are incapable of dealing with it; and (2) we don’t need to concern ourselves with it, because either we will never know the truth of the matter, or one day (perhaps) all will be revealed to us and then we will know. Meanwhile, it is futile to worry about such matters.
There may be a better way to deal with such issues. We would appreciate your input.
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