standard by which to judge all human experience. Whately, Historic Doubts relative to Napoleon Bonaparte, shows that the same rule would require us to deny the existence of the great Frenchman, since Napoleon?s conquests were contrary to all experience, and civilized nations had never before been so subdued. The London Times for June 18, 1888, for the first time in at least a hundred years or in 31,200 issues, was misdated, and certain pages read June 17, although June 17 was Sunday. Yet the paper would have been admitted in a court of justice as evidence of a marriage. The real wonder is not the break in experience, but the continuity without the break.
(b) Lyman Abbott: ?If the Old Testament told the story of a naval engagement between the Jewish people and a pagan people, in which all the ships of the pagan people were absolutely destroyed and not a single man was killed among the Jews, all the skeptics would have scorned the narrative. Every one now believes it, except those who live in Spain.? There are people who in a similar way refuse to investigate the phenomena of hypnotism, second sight, clairvoyance, and telepathy, declaring a priori that all these things are impossible. Prophecy, in the sense of prediction, is discredited. Upon the same principle wireless telegraphy might be denounced as an imposture. The son of Erin charged with murder defended himself by saying: ?Your honor, I can bring fifty people who did not see me do it.? Our faith in testimony cannot be due to experience.
(c) On this point, see Chalmers, Christian Revelation, 3:70; Starkie on Evidence, 739; De Quincey, Theological Essays, 1:162-188; Thornton, Old Fashioned Ethics, 143-153; Campbell on Miracles. South?s sermon on The Certainty of our Savior?s Resurrection had stated and answered this objection long before Hume propounded it.
(a) Miracles are the natural accompaniments and attestations of new communications front God. The great epochs of miracles ? represented by Moses, the prophets, the first and second comings of Christ ? are coincident with the great epochs of revelation. Miracles serve to draw attention to new truth, and cease when this truth has gained currency and foothold.
Miracles are not scattered evenly over the whole course of history. Few miracles are recorded during the 2500 years from Adam to Moses. When the N.T. Canon is completed and the internal evidence of Scripture has
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