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In this age of Rationalism we are told that Christianity would in the main be acceptable if it were purged of its miraculous element. As a result certain authors have attempted to write a life of Christ from which all miracles are excluded. One might just as well write a life of Caesar and omit all reference to his wars. The tendency to minimize the miraculous, to explain it away, or to reduce it to fable and allegory, arises from this spirit of Rationalism. To a very large extent this is due to a misunderstanding of the nature of the miraculous, and its relation to the First Cause and to Natural laws and forces. The fundamental difficulty to the disbelievers in miracles is a misconception of the nature and attributes of God. If the First Cause is not recognized as Infinite, All-Wise, All-Powerful and Free, no amount of argument will carry a conviction of the possibility and probability of the miraculous. The subject of miracles is one of the highest importance, and in regard to which all compromise is impossible. The records of the human race all the world over bear testimony to the universal belief in miracles, and to their actual occurrence. It is incredible that men of all nations, times and places should have conspired in deliberately alleging that which is untrue.
Sullivan, Bernard, "Miracles" (1941). Philosophy Undergraduate Theses. 71.