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By Norman Geisler

Can glossy humans, schooled in technological know-how, heavily settle for any concept that God created and will overrule the legislation of nature? Geisler describes "signs," "wonders," and "power" and contrasts what the Bible potential via a miracle with strange tales of saints, religion healers, and occultists.

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Furthermore, as some theists have pointed out, there is nothing in the scientific method that demands that all exceptional events be naturally caused but only that repeatable exceptions be so caused. If an exception to one scientific description (L1) is not repeatable, then scientists have no right to posit a new law (L2). For unless it is a repeatable event science has no right to claim it is a natural event. Nonrepeatable exceptions to known laws do not change those laws; they leave them intact.

Rather, it calls for further research. When one natural law (L1) does not explain this apparent exception, then scientists seek another natural law (L2) that is broader and will include it. They do not throw in the towel and stop scientific research simply because the present law (explanation) is not broad enough to include this newly discovered exception to a previously held way of describing the situation. If this is the case, then a miracle cannot be identified as an exception to a regular pattern of events.

Science is based on a regular pattern of events, not on rare ones. The scientific method, therefore, has every right to demand explanatory control over all regular events. But science as such has no right to claim that it alone can provide a scientific explanation for all singularities. Second, science has unlimited authority in the classification of regular events, but it is not unlimited in the naturalistic explanation of singular events. That is, scientists have a right—even an obligation—to examine all events, including anomalies.

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