Saturday, September 13, 2008

Religion: Who don't modern people find the miracles in the Bible a barrier to belief?

An agnostic friend asked me that question in the title recently. I thought about it for a minute, and replied, "Many people either become religious or rediscover the religion in which they were raised because of an unusual experience.

Perhaps they were healed when they didn't expect to be. Perhaps their life was spared in quite unusual circumstances. Or maybe something like that happened to someone they care about.

Anyway, as a result, they don't find accounts of unusual events impossible to believe. They don't necessarily have an explanation for these events. Nor are they gullible. But their universe includes rather than excludes unusual events, at least in principle."

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