• Alan Bailey
  • Dan O’Brien
Part of the The New Synthese Historical Library book series (SYNL, volume 72)


Miracles play a key role in Christianity. The resurrection of Christ is miraculous as is his incarnation, as are various acts he allegedly performed over the course of his life, such as turning water into wine, raising Lazarus from the dead and feeding 5,000 with a few loaves and fishes. Belief in modern day miracles may be optional for many Christians, but belief in at least some of the Biblical miracles is not. Further, the occurrence of miracles is seen by some as an argument for the existence of God and for the truth of Christianity and other religions. People believe in God because miraculous happenings can only have a divine explanation. Religious texts such as the Bible and the Koran describe how God reveals himself to mankind, and one way he does this is through performing miracles.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Bailey
    • 1
  • Dan O’Brien
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Law, Social Sciences and CommunicationsUniversity of WolverhamptonWolverhamptonUK
  2. 2.Department of History, Philosophy and ReligionOxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUK

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