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Miracles are a basically ambivalent element of religion, as they are both expected to occur or be believed in as a part of religious life and are also liable to arouse criticism and skepticism. Miracles occur outside the course of everyday existence, provoking both belief and unbelief.

Miracle Narratives

Narratives about miracles serve to substantiate the activity of an otherwise invisible God in the world, whom faith and…

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Miracles”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 05 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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