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Theism and Explanation 4: What Would They Explain?


4.1 Events and States of Affairs
4.2 Singular and General Explanations
4.3 Theistic and Secular Explanations
4.4 The Problem of Miracles

Dawes examines the different things that theism is supposed to explain, including things that in practice or in principle lack a natural explanation, things that theists contest the natural explanation of, and things that already have a natural explanation. He also looks at the different implications of theistic explanation in terms of single events, or general events. Lastly, he argues against Hume and others who say that miracles make science impossible, saying that if we assume the miracle performer is not acting arbitrarily, but with certain goals and under the rationality principle, we can in fact make accurate, perhaps even novel, predictions about what will occur.

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