In religio-mythology, miracle is a purported to have occurred event, happening, or thing said to taken place in reality by unnatural or supernatural means, generally via some type of divine power (e.g. higher power), not explicable by the science.

In the 17th century, some geniuses, such as Benedict Spinoza, denied miracles, while others, e.g. Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton, remained undecided about miracles; the latter attempting to discuss them scientifically, generally via ontic opening like means. [1]

In 1903, Edwin Slosson, in his “The Chemistry of the Greatest Miracle in the Bible”, attempted to describe the Biblical creation of man statement, i.e. Genesis 2:7: “and god formed man out of the dust of the ground” — which, as Slosson seems to have been unaware, is but a Christian re-write of the Egyptian clay creation myth
— in modern atomic turnover rate terms, albeit themed in terms of "chemical miracles", so to say, in respect to the so-called "nonliving" to "living" transformation of the atoms into moving animated humans; he states, e.g., that “each one of us was created out of the dust of the earth, not thousands of years ago, but within the last few years.” [2]

Polls | Modern
Recent polls (2010) found that nearly 80% of Americans believe in miracles (Ѻ); which varies depending upon specific miracle, e.g. only 57% believe (2013) in the so-called miracle of the virgin birth, and 65% believe in resurrection (Ѻ), to cite two examples.

The following are related quotes:

“A miracle is an operation by which the laws of nature, which depend on the order and the preservation of the universe, are suspended.”
— Johann Buddeus (c.1710), Treatise on Atheism (pg. 140) [4]

“Modern thought points to nothing so certainly as the universality of change. We stand on a whirling ball, every atom and molecule of which is in perpetual movement. Individually, we are aware of being different men and women every day of our lives; the life of the world has undergone such a transformation even during our own generation that an unmoved character-basis of society is incomprehensible, a miracle in a realm of law—and what an evil miracle.”
— George Perris (1911), A Short History of War and Peace [3]

See also
Atheism types by denial and belief

1. (a) Harrison, Peter. (1995). “Newtonian Science, Miracles, and the Laws of Nature” (abs) (pdf), Journal of the History of Ideas, 56:531-53, Oct.
(b) Hecht, Jennifer M. (2003). Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas (pg. 327). HarperOne.
2. Slosson, Edwin E. (1903). “The Chemistry of the Greatest Miracle in the Bible”, The Independent, 55:1454-61.
3. (a) Perris, George. (1911). A Short History of War and Peace (§1: The Human Swarm; molecule, pg. 7-8). H. Holt and Co.
(b) Snow, Alpheus Henry. (1913). “Book Review: A Short History of War and Peace by G. H. Perris.” The American Journal of International Law, 7: 427-29.
4. d’Holbach, Baron. (1770). The System of Nature: Laws of the Moral and Physical World (notes by Denis Diderot; translator: H.D. Robinson) (pg. 262). J.P. Mendum, 1889.

External links
Miracle – Wikipedia.

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