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How do we define a 'miracle'?
« on: 16/03/2009 08:57:21 »
 Is there any definition for the word miracle [:o)]

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How do we define a 'miracle'?
« Reply #1 on: 16/03/2009 10:31:26 »
From the dictionary

1. act of God: an event that appears to be contrary to the laws of nature and is regarded as an act of God 

2. amazing event: an event or action that is amazing, extraordinary, or unexpected
It'll be a miracle if we get there on time.
 
3. marvellous example: something admired as a marvellous creation or example of a particular type of science or skill.
a miracle of modern engineering.

 

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How do we define a 'miracle'?
« Reply #2 on: 16/03/2009 10:33:54 »
There is no such thing as a miracle, only occurrences we do not understand. Biblical 'miracles' cannot be substantiated and/or have probably been misinterpreted.
 

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How do we define a 'miracle'?
« Reply #3 on: 16/03/2009 10:45:35 »
However, I think that things can be "miraculous" and that don't call on the intervention of some deity (as in definition #2)- "they made a miraculous recovery", etc.

But, don't forget that we tend to think of these events as favourable (as above), but it would be just as exact to say "they miraculously lost the match", as seems to happen every time England play cricket....Just because it's a miracle, it doesn't mean to say that it has to be nice. (To paraphrase Terry Pratchett).
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« Reply #4 on: 16/03/2009 10:48:24 »
as exact to say "they miraculously lost the match", as seems to happen every time England play cricket....

 

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