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Does the Miraculous Indicate Divinity?

  • A. Richard Kingston

Abstract

We are concerned in this chapter with the Gospel records of both the miracles Jesus performed and those which characterized his own life, excluding the resurrection. For present purposes it is sufficient to understand by the term miracle a very extraordinary event having religious significance, leaving it an open question as to whether this necessarily involves a divine intervention or a violation of a law of nature. More specifically, we are asking if the reported miracles in Jesus’ life story, when critically assessed, really compel, or even mildy constrain us to acknowledge him as a God-man.

Keywords

Extraordinary Event Divine Intervention Religious Significance Liberal Theologian Nativity Story 
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Notes

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© A. Richard Kingston 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Richard Kingston
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and PoliticsUniversity of UlsterUK

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