?The miracle of redemption, like all miracles, is by intervention of adequate power, not by suspension of law. Redemption is not ?the great exception.? It is the fullest revelation and vindication of law.? Gore, in Lux Mundi, 320 ? ?Redemption is not natural but supernatural ? supernatural, that is, in view of the false nature which man made for himself by excluding God. Otherwise, the work of redemption is only the reconstitution of the nature which God had designed.? Abp. Trench: ?The world of nature is throughout a witness for the world of spirit, proceeding from the same hand, growing out of the same root, and being constituted for this very end. The characters of nature which everywhere meet the eye are not a common but a sacred writing, ? they are the hieroglyphics of God.? Pascal: ?Nature is the image of grace.? President Mark Hopkins: ?Christianity and perfect Reason are identical.? See Mend, Supernatural Revelation, 97-123; art.; Miracle, by Bernard, in Hastings? Dictionary of the Bible. The modern and improved view of the miracle is perhaps best presented by T.H. Wright, The Finger of God; and by W.N. Rice, Christian Faith in an Age of Science, 336.
2. Possibility of Miracle.
An event in nature may be caused by an agent in nature yet above nature. This is evident from the following considerations:
(a) Lower forces and laws in nature are frequently counteracted and transcended by the higher (as mechanical forces and laws by chemical, and chemical by vital), while yet the lower forces and laws are not suspended or annihilated, but are merged in the higher, and made to assist in accomplishing purposes to which they are altogether unequal when left to themselves.
By nature we mean nature in the proper sense ? not ?everything that is not God,? but everything that is not God or made in the image of God?; see Hopkins, Outline Study of Man, 258, 259. Man?s will does not belong to nature, but is above nature. On the transcending of lower forces by higher, see Murphy, Habit and Intelligence, 1:88. James Robertson, Early Religion, of Israel, 23 ? ?Is it impossible that there should be unique things in the world? Is it scientific to assert that there are not?? Ladd, Philosophy of Knowledge, 406 ? ?Why does not the projecting part of the coping-stone fall, in obedience to the law of gravitation, from the top of yonder building? Because, as physics declares, the forces of cohesion, acting under quite different laws, thwart and oppose for the time being the law of gravitation...But now, after a frosty night, the coping-stone actually breaks off and tumbles to the ground; for that unique law which
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