>> religious people's enthusiasm makes them more prone to this.
Reports of miracles come chiefly from ignorant nations
>> could be due to lack of scientific understanding.
The different miracles in different religions cancel each other out
>> miracle by a Chinese god contradicts miracle by the Christian God. This leads to his final conclusion:
‘There never was a miraculous event established’, and ‘a miracle can never be proved, so as to be the foundation for a system of religion.’
D: So far, Hume’s argument has been about whether we should believe other people when they tell us a miracle has happened. If I were to say, ‘I am not believing in this miracle because someone else told me about it; I believe it because I saw it with my own eyes!’, how do you think he would respond?
E: Hume may have shown that miracles are ‘inherently improbable’ (Palmer) or ‘maximally improbable’ (Flew). What if I respond, ‘they may be improbable, but they still happen’? Where could the debate go?