Over the moon: Natural law and miracles
Andrews (Edgar)
Source: Andrews (Edgar) - Who Made God? Searching For a Theory of Everything, Chapter 11
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  1. Chapter Eleven ... in which Richard Dawkins informs us that miracles do happen but are simply highly improbable natural events. He introduces us to the hand-waving marble statue and the cow that jumps over the moon — and claims that such things really could happen. Looking a little closer, however, we find that his arguments are scientifically vacuous.
  2. But why does the atheist need to engage in such Logical contortions, simply to establish that Literally anything will happen by natural causation1 given enough time — false conclusion though this is? Because it's the only way he can account naturalistically for the origin of life (a subject we'll address in later chapters).
  3. Nevertheless, Dawkins has some surprising allies as he argues that nothing can happen except by the strict operation of the laws of nature — people like theist St. Augustine and pantheist Baruch Spinoza. Their arguments, however, lead to a god who paints himself into a corner, rendered impotent by the very laws he has himself created.
  4. The biblical hypothesis of God, on the other hand, provides us with an altogether more rational and integrated view of providence, miracles and the meaning of life — a view that doesn't imprison God within the confines of natural law.

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