Can the ‘miracles’ of Lourdes be classed as miraculous?

Daniel Threader (Religion, Culture & Society)


This paper discusses the debate surrounding the existence and occurrence of miracles. It explores differing views on miracles and focuses specifically at the sixty eight miracles which have occurred at Lourdes in south-west France. There have been many attempts to define what a miracle is; three contrasting views on miracles are examined here, followed by a brief description of Lourdes and the miracles that have occurred there. The paper then considers some of the criticism, in particular the views of David Hume (1711-1776), and concludes with an evaluation of the miracles at Lourdes, to determine whether they can be called miraculous or not.

Keywords: Miracle, Religious Experience, Coincidence, Laws of Nature, Lourdes, Christianity

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