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September 26, 2013

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"Only because they assume that God's decrees are unchanging do they expect the consistent results of a number of experiments to hold true ever after. "

Absolutely flabbergasting.

When did Christians stop believing in a miracle-working god who can and does routinely suspend the laws of nature for reasons and by mechanisms unknowable to us?

ghost,

What do you mean by "routinely"? For example would you find it normal if more than 50% of falling objects do not respond to gravity in a predictable way? 33% of the time? 1% of the time? I know of one instance (Acts 1:9). Our common experience says that levitation is not routine, and that is why we are amazed at illusionists who appear to levitate. Likewise, it is the consistent and predictable working of the physical universe that make miracles...truly miraculous and awe inspiring. John does not say that he recorded the routine and mundane work of Christ so that we may believe.

It seems biblically consistent to have a theology that says: 1) God is personal; 2) God is immutable; 3) his creation reflects his deep, wide, broad, and unchanging character; 4) Therefore, his creation works in predictable ways, yet his personal miraculous intervention is both expected and reasonable because both the physical laws and the miracles reflect his character.

I presume you've read the Bible and are roughly familiar with the frequency of miracles described therein.

Keener's book clocks in at what, 1200 or so pages of modern miracle accounts?

"Likewise, it is the consistent and predictable working of the physical universe that make miracles...truly miraculous and awe inspiring."

That could be one theological position one might take.

But it would contradict the author of the article, who repeatedly uses verbiage such as "fix'd", "eternal", "unchanging", "constant", "immutable", and "holding true for ever after".

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