HTS Theological Studies
Print version ISSN 0259-9422
LICONA, Michael R. and VAN DER WATT, Jan G.. Historians and miracles: the principle of analogy and antecedent probability reconsidered. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2009, vol.65, n.1, pp. 0-0. ISSN 0259-9422.
Most Biblical scholars and historians hold that the investigation of a miracle report lies outside of the rights of historians acting within their professional capacity. In this article, I challenge this assertion and argue to the contrary: Historians are within their professional rights to investigate miracle claims and to adjudicate on the historicity of the events. I present a positive case for the historian's right to adjudicate on miracle claims and address two major objections to this conclusion: the principle of analogy and antecedent probability. At times I use the resurrection of Jesus as an example. This is the first of two articles. In the second, I will address three additional common objections: the theological objection, the lack of consensus and miracle claims in multiple religions.
Keywords : miracles; principle of analogy; antecedent probability; historicity of miracle stories; Biblical hermeneutics.