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3. If there is a God may he strike this audience dead. (God & Religion & Miracle & Audience) George Carlin
41,217. Rab to Monk: My pal here is actually looking for a miracle, so if you could maybe point us in the direction of the Holy Grotto. (Abbey & Miracle) Rab C Nesbitt s4e3: Buckfast, BBC 1994
81,160. Missionary: Hello, I come from God and He says [Rick tries to close door]. Let me in! [pushes way into house] It’s a miracle! Just a moment ago I was a useless cripple. But now I can run and dance and skip. Oh thank you God! Thank you, baby Jesus! I come from the Archangel Gabriel. (Missionary & Miracle) The Young Ones: Interesting, BBC 1982
174. My opinion concerning God differs widely from that which is ordinarily defended by modern Christians. For I hold that God is of all things the cause immanent, as the phrase is, not transient. I say that all things are in God and move in God, thus agreeing with Paul, and, perhaps, with all the ancient philosophers, though the phraseology may be different; I will even venture to affirm that I agree with all the ancient Hebrews, in so far as one may judge from their traditions, though these are in many ways corrupted. The supposition of some, that I endeavour to prove in the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus the unity of God and Nature (meaning by the latter a certain mass or corporeal matter), is wholly erroneous.
As regards miracles, I am of opinion that the revelation of God can only be established by the wisdom of the doctrine, not by miracles, or in other words by ignorance. (God & Miracle) Baruch Spinoza
60,841. Those who wish to seek out the cause of miracles and to understand the things of nature as philosophers, and not to stare at them in astonishment like fools, are soon considered heretical and impious, and proclaimed as such by those whom the mob adores as the interpreters of nature and the gods. For these men know that, once ignorance is put aside, that wonderment would be taken away, which is the only means by which their authority is preserved. Baruch Spinoza, Ethics
310. One of them ‘God, Power and Evil’ rejects the traditional doctrine of Omnipotence. It even specifically criticises this doctrine as held by John Calvin – of course the founding theologian of the Presbyterian tradition. Another book of mine denies God can interrupt the world’s normal causal processes. Which means there can be no miracles as traditionally understood. And no infallibly inspired scriptures. But no-one was fired for publishing these books. (God & Miracle & Scriptures & Calvinism) Professor David Ray Griffin, interview Guns & Butter 7th January 2009
89,804. People seem to hunger for some tangible religious experience, and wherever there is such profound want there is the opportunity for what may be called pious fraud. Money is rarely the primary motive, the usual impetus being to seemingly triumph over adversity, renew the faith of believers, and confound the doubters. (Stigmata & Miracle & Fraud & Religion) Joe Nickell
371. The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one. Mere reason is insufficient to convince us of its veracity: and whoever is moved by faith to assent to it, is conscious of a continued miracle in his own person, which subverts all the principles of his understanding, and give him a determination to believe what is most contrary to custom and experience. (Religion & Christianity & Miracle) David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding
743. The true believer will never be discontinued about anything no matter how strong the evidence against it. (Belief & Miracle) James Randi
60,730. The Church has shied away in recent years from some of these miracles because they’ve been burned so many times. James Randi
60,731. They not only want this to be true they need it to be true. James Randi
2,137. We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery. (Life’s Like That & Miracle & Mystery) H G Wells
12,040. Ten times you have seen the miracles of the Lord and still you have no faith. (Moses & Ten Commandments & Miracle) The Ten Commandments 1956 starring Yul Brynner & Anne Baxter & Charlton Heston & Edward G Robinson & Yvonne De Carlo & Debra Paget & John Derek & Sir Cedric Hardwicke & Vincent Price et al, producer & director Cecil B DeMille, Moses to Israelites
12,237. Throughout the Hebrew Bible it is by miracles that God makes Himself known to his chosen people. (Bible & Old Testament & Miracle & Magic) Mysteries of the Bible s5e6: Magic & Miracles, A&E 1998
12,238. Why is Moses, perhaps the greatest worker of miracles in the Hebrew Bible, punished by God for miraculously drawing water from a rock? (Bible & Old Testament & Miracle & Magic & Moses) ibid.
12,239. Why is Magic forbidden? And what is the distinction between Magic and Miracle? Why did the time of miracles draw to an end? (Bible & Old Testament & Miracle & Magic) ibid.
12,240. All scholars agree about the Sea of Reeds. (Bible & Old Testament & Miracle & Magic & Moses) ibid.
12,241. For what seems a minor transgression Moses will suffer a terrible punishment. (Bible & Old Testament & Miracle & Magic & Moses) ibid.
12,242. King Saul bows down before the apparition. (Bible & Old Testament & Miracle & Magic & Saul & Ghost) ibid.
12,243. Why didn’t Saul withdraw to fight another day? (Bible & Old Testament & Miracle & Magic & Saul) ibid.
12,244. The Witch of Endor has intrigued readers of the Bible. (Bible & Old Testament & Miracle & Magic & Witch) ibid.
12,245. The people of Israel persist in the practise of forbidden magic. (Bible & Old Testament & Miracle & Magic) ibid.
12,246. A spectacular contest between Magic and Miracle: Baal v Elijah. (Bible & Old Testament & Miracle & Magic & Baal & Elijah) ibid.
12,247. Nowhere in this miraculous book of miracles – Hebrew Bible – does the word miracle occur. (Bible & Old Testament & Miracle & Magic) ibid.
12,573. Some people find it hard to believe in the literal truth of the miracles. Let along the miracle of the Resurrection. (Jesus & Christianity & Resurrection & Miracle) Jesus Was a Buddhist Monk/Did Jesus Die? BBC 2014
12,618. In Mark what does set Jesus apart is that he is a peculiar kind of miracle worker. In one case he has to attempt the miracle twice to get it right. And at other time he can’t perform miracles at all. (Jesus & Christianity & Mark & Miracle) From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians III, PBS 1998
20,143. I’m been thinking. Bout the miracle we’ve witnessed. What is a miracle, Vincent? And what’s an Act of God? (GBH Films & Miracle) Pulp Fiction 1994 ***** starring Uma Thurman & John Travolta & Samuel L Jackson & Harvey Keitel & Tim Roth & Amanda Plummer & Maria de Medeiros & Ving Rhames & Eric Stoltz & Rosanna Arquette & Bruce Willis & Christopher Walken et al, director Quentin Tarantino, Jules
60,735. Miracle – he changed Coke into Pepsi. ibid.
12,381. The New Testament Gospels record at least forty separate miracles performed by Jesus. (Jesus & Bible & New Testament & Gospels & Miracle) Lee Strobel, The Case for Christ, 2007
57,114. Miracle. Jesus did, sir. (Jesus Christ & Miracle) Monty Python’s Life of Brian 1979 ***** starring Graham Chapman & John Cleese & Terry Gilliam & Eric Idle & Terry Jones & Michael Palin & Kenneth Colley & Neil Innes & Gwen Taylor & Terence barler & Carol Cleveland & Spike Milligan et al, director Terry Jones, ex-leper begging alms
60,726. The whole idea of creating saints, it’s pure Monty Python. They have to clock up two miracles. (Saints & Miracle) Richard Dawkins
60,840. The very idea of supernatural magic – including miracles – is incoherent, devoid of sensible meaning. Richard Dawkins
60,728. All the tales of miracles, with which the Old and New Testament are filled, are fit only for impostors to preach and fools to believe. Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason
60,729. It cannot be too often repeated that truth scorns the assistance of miracle. (Miracle & Truth) Robert G Ingersoll
60,845. No one, in the world's whole history, ever attempted to substantiate a truth by a miracle. Truth scorns the assistance of miracle. Nothing but falsehood ever attested itself by signs and wonders. No miracle ever was performed, and no sane man ever thought he had performed one, and until one is performed, there can be no evidence of the existence of any power superior to, and independent of nature. (Miracle & Truth) Robert G Ingersoll
60,732. People see what their personality is predisposed to see. (Miracle & See) Penn & Teller, Bullshit! s3e12: Signs from Heaven
60,733. You see what you want to see. (Miracle & See) ibid.