Reflections on Violence, Law, and Humanitarianism Talal Asad Charles Taylor, one of the most influential living philosophers in the English-speaking world, has inspired many social scientists, including anthropologists.
It is an occurrence at once above nature and above man. It shows the intervention of a power that is not limited by the laws either of matter or of mind, a power interrupting the fixed laws which govern their movements—a supernatural power. One force counteracts another: When a man raises a weight from the ground, the law of gravity is neither suspended nor violated, but counteracted by a stronger force.
The same is true as to the walking of Christ on the water and the swimming of iron at the command of the prophet. The simple and grand truth that the universe is not under the exclusive control of physical forces, but that everywhere and always there is above, separate from and superior to all else, an infinite personal will, not superceding, but directing and controlling all physical causes, acting with or without them.
In the New Testament these four Greek words are principally used to designate miracles: Purpose Miracles are seals of a divine mission. The sacred writers appealed to them as proofs that they were messengers of God. Our Lord also appealed to miracles as a conclusive proof of his divine mission John 5: Thus, being out of the common course of nature and beyond the power of man, they are fitted to convey the impression of the presence and power of God.
Where miracles are there certainly God is. The teacher points to these credentials, and they are a proof that he speaks with the authority of God. The witnesses were competent, and their testimony is trustworthy.
Unbelievers, following Hume, deny that any testimony can prove a miracle, because they say miracles are impossible.
We have shown that miracles are possible, and surely they can be borne witness to. Surely they are credible when we have abundant and trustworthy evidence of their occurrence. They are credible just as any facts of history well authenticated are credible.
Miracles, it is said, are contrary to experience. Of course they are contrary to our experience, but that does not prove that they were contrary to the experience of those who witnessed them. We believe a thousand facts, both of history and of science, that are contrary to our experience, but we believe them on the ground of competent testimony.
An atheist or a pantheist must, as a matter of course, deny the possibility of miracles; but to one who believes in a personal Godwho in his wisdom may see fit to interfere with the ordinary processes of nature, miracles are not impossible, nor are they incredible.What is ‘‘Intervention’’?
What is meant by this word in the context of discussion of divine action in the world? Most of those who think about these things apparently disapprove of the miracles (those ‘‘mighty acts’’), and of divine intervention in the world.
The thought is that God couldn’t or wouldn’t do a thing. This is the Official youtube page of Divine Intervention!
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In religion, divinity or godhead is the state of things that are believed to come from a supernatural power or deity, such as a god, supreme being, creator deity, or spirits, and are therefore regarded as sacred and holy.
Such things are regarded as divine due to their transcendental origins or because their attributes or qualities are superior or supreme relative to things of the Earth.