Prophecy, early modern apologetics, and Hume's argument against miracles

Harrison, Peter D. (1999) Prophecy, early modern apologetics, and Hume's argument against miracles. Journal of the History of Ideas, 60 2: 241-256. doi:10.2307/3653854

Author Harrison, Peter D.
Title Prophecy, early modern apologetics, and Hume's argument against miracles
Journal name Journal of the History of Ideas   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-5037
Publication date 1999-04
Year available 1999
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2307/3653854
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 60
Issue 2
Start page 241
End page 256
Total pages 16
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher University of Pennsylvania Press
Collection year 1999
Language eng
Subject C1
440105 History of Philosophy and History of Ideas
780199 Other
Formatted abstract
In this paper I shall argue that both Hume and his commentators have tended to overlook the distinctive features of prophecy. Hume's chief objection to miracles-that one is never justified in crediting second-hand testimony to miraculous events-does not necessarily apply to the argument from fulfilled prophecies as it was understood in the eighteenth century. I shall further argue that at least some of the apologists for Christian revelation against whom Hume directed his arguments were aware of the kind of reasoning which Hume was to mount against the miraculous, and of the immunity of prophecies to this kind of attack. If we consider Hume's arguments in their historical context, then, we shall discover that not only do they fail to counter the argument from prophecies but that they were known to have failed.
Copyright 1999 by Journal of the History of Ideas, Inc

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