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" That no testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind, that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavours to establish. And even in that case there is a mutual destruction of arguments,... "
An inquiry concerning human understanding. A dissertation on the passions ... - Page 115
by David Hume - 1817
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Essays and Treatises on Several Subjects: Containing an enquiry concerning ...

David Hume - Essays - 1760 - 352 pages
...there '« is a mutual deftru&ion of arguments, and the fu'* period only gives us an affurance fuitable to that" degree of force, which remains,- after deducting " the inferior." When any one tells me, that he favv a de^d man reftored to life, I immediately confider with myftlf, whether it be more probable,...
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A view of the principal deistical writers ... in England in the ..., Volume 1

John Leland - 1764
...there is a " mutual deftruction of arguments, and the fuperiority only " gives us an affurance fuitable to that degree of force, which " remains after deducting the inferior. When any one tells me, * Hume's Philofophical Eflays, p. 181. '* that he faw a dead man reftored to life, I immediately con"...
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Boswell's Life of Johnson: Life

James Boswell - Hebrides (Scotland) - 1799
...acquaintances must last longest, if they do last ; and then, Sir, young men have more virtue than old 1 ' When any one tells me that he saw a dead man restored to life, I immediately consider with myself, whether it be more probable that this person should either...
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Life of Johnson: Including Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the ..., Volume 1

James Boswell - 1799
...acquaintances must last longest, if they do last ; and then, Sir, young men have more virtue than old ' ' When any one tells me that he saw a dead man restored to life, I immediately consider with myself, whether it be more probable that this person should either...
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The Monthly repository (and review)., Volume 12

1817
...InVrSibfe AgenV This Essay, to use bis own words, is 'designed to show "That no testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind, that its falsehood AvoiiM be more miraculous, than the tact -which it endeavours to establish : arid even, in that case,...
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A Dissertation on Miracles: Containing an Examination of the Principles ...

George Campbell - Miracles - 1807 - 240 pages
...is, and it is " .a GENERAL MAXIM, worthy of our at*• tention, THAT NO TESTIMONY is SUFFICI" ENT TO ESTABLISH A MIRACLE, UNLESS " THE TESTIMONY BE OF SUCH A KIND, THAT " ITS FALSEHOOD WOULD BE MORE IMPRO" BABLE THAN THE FACT WHICH IT EN" DEAVOURS TO ESTABLISH."* If the reader thinks himself instructed...
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Lectures on Ecclesiastical History

George Campbell - Church history - 1807 - 503 pages
...GENERAL MAXIM, worthy of " our attention, That NO TESTIMONY is SUFFICIENT TO ES" TABLISH A MIRACLE J UNLESS THE TESTIMONY BE OF SUcH " A KIND, THAT ITS FALSEHOOD WOULD BE MORE IMPRO" BABLE, THAN• THE FAcT WHIcH IT ENDEAVOURS TO E8" TABLisHf ." If the reader thinks himself...
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Essays and treatises on several subjects, Volume 2

David Hume - 1809
...consequence is (and it is a general maxim worthy of our attention), " That no testimony is suffi" cient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of " such a kind, that its falsehood would be more miracu" lous than the fact which it endeavours to establish: " And even in that case there is a mutual...
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Pantologia. A new (cabinet) cyclopędia, by J.M. Good, O. Gregory ..., Volume 8

John Mason Good - 1819
...has acknowledged sufficient to establish even a miracle. " No testimony (says he) is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such...miraculous than the fact which it endeavours to establish. When one tells me that he saw a dead man restored to life, I immediately consider with myself whether...
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The Monthly Repository of Theology and General Literature, Volume 12

Liberalism (Religion) - 1817
...Agent." This Essay, to use his own words, is designed to show " That no testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such...force which remains after deducting the inferior." la the above quotation, Mr. Hume ftiumtt the utter incapacity of testimony to prove a miracle. That...
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