There’s this bit about miracles which you don’t take into account in your amazement and fascination.
If you have a picture or some video of the angel Gabriel, or even of that flying horse, now would be a good time to produce it.
Miracles by hearsay are not convincing.
Hobbes’ argument was that miracles are often the product of deception, people differed in what they believed to be a miracle, and that a report of a miracle is not identical to the miracle itself; by believing it you place faith not in miracles, but in the testimony of men.
So, pretty much what you said, but I wanted to say something about Hobbes.[/quote]
I recently saw a British documentary titled “End of the World Cult”. The film is a great demonstration of just how easy it is to manipulate people into believing ridiculous things.
The cult leader is a creepy old guy who is possibly a pedophile, and he claims to be the Messiah.
I can guarantee that if the members of his church decided to collaborate together and write a text on his prophecy, the text would include eye witness accounts of miracles. This is despite the fact that to an outside observer it is comically obvious that the guy is a fraud. Most of his followers don’t seem to be of particularly low intelligence either, so their willingness to believe his bullshit can’t be explained by that.
Anyway, my point is that Hobbes’ argument makes a lot of sense. I am not willing to blindly trust the testimony of men who claim to have witnessed miracles.
Edit - For anyone interested in seeing the documentary, type “End of the World Cult” into youtube. It’s quite sickening.