Marvels, Miracles, and Mundane Order: Hume's Critique of Religion in 'An Enquiry concerning Human Understanding'
Buckle (Stephen)
Source: Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 79.1, March 2001; : 1-31
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    Hume's critique of religion in the first Enquiry is a unified whole. 'Of Miracles' is not a free-standing critique of religion, but the first part of a two-stage argument. Hume follows Locke in subordinating evidence for miracles to natural theological arguments for the existence of God--without such supports miraculous claims are incredible ('disproven' in his special sense). He differs from Locke in arguing, in 'Of a particular Providence', that no such arguments are available. The decline of natural theology after Darwin explains why 'Of Miracles' is now mistaken for a free-standing argument.

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