Divine action and the problem of miracles

Divine action and the problem of miracles
Mark Worthing, July 2009.            



Rev. Dr Mark Worthing, BA in religion (Michigan), MDiv (SBTHS), STM (TLS), PhD (Regensburg), Dr Theol (Munich) is a Lecturer and Dean of Studies at Tabor College, Adelaide, Australia. He has studied extensively in both Europe and America. Living with his wife Kathy and their four children in Hahndorf, his hobbies include farming, chess and running. Mark is an ordained Lutheran pastor and an author of several books and articles about Christian theology. His book God, Creation and Contemporary Physics (Fortress Press 1996) won the 1997 Temple Book prize for new works in the field of science and religion.



Miracles may be meaningless within science, but that does not make them meaningless. A miracle is a manifestation of divine power, though it need not always transcend physical laws. However, physical laws may not be so immutable in a statistical quantum universe. Often a miracle is of a very personal kind. Does God intervene? He surely can, but how often does He?

This paper was presented at the Conference on Science and Christianity (COSAC) 2003 held at Avondale College, Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia from 18 to 20 July 2003. It was first published in COSAC2003 Collected Papers: God, Science and Divine Action: God’s Interaction with His Creation.

Key words

Miracle, physical law, personal miracle, divine intervention.


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I most wholeheartedly commend this paper.  I saw it presented at Cooranbong and was touched by the personal tone and the extent to which Mark had drawn on his own personal experience.

Miracles are not just the breaking of scientific laws and may not necessarily be that at all.  Perhaps we focus on that aspect far too much.  Mark demonstrated from his personal experience the wonder of God moving in his life and touching him and his family.  We in turn were touched and I expect you will be too.



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