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Christian Tractatus

(Text as at 12/08/2007 10:17:46)


A system of beliefs based on extraordinary events, ie. those with no explanation within the normal framework of physical law, requires a greater level of proof than one based on common experience.

  1. Hence, for example, greater proof is required for us to believe that the sun "stood still in the sky" on a particular day than that the earth continued on its daily revolution as normal.
  2. The reason for our reluctance to accept alleged violation of physical law as the explanation of an event is that this procedure, if routinely followed, would undermine the whole application and validity of physical laws & the methods of physical science.
  3. It is because physical laws are routinely found to work and that a patient search for physical explanation within the confines of law is so frequently rewarded, that we are willing to reject explanations outside these confines unless the evidence for the extraordinary explanation is so compelling that we are forced to rule out alternatives.




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