The Enlightenment Period

David Hume

Did Hume believe in miracles?

Probably not, although he did not explicitly deny them. Hume’s arguments were directed toward assessing the truth of reports of miracles. Such assessment would address the credibility of witnesses and the remoteness in time and distance of their accounts. Hume thought that if someone reported a miracle, we should ask this question: Which is more likely, based on everything we know about the world, that the miracle happened, or that it did not?


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