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The one proposing an exploratory foray into the world of faith and worldview, must first take stock of their own assumptions. Have you allowed, for example, for the possibility that the story of this universe might be one that is about miracle? Or have you already assumed that the very idea of miracle is an intrusion, a kind of gate-crasher on the party? CS Lewis depicts the problem by giving the example of an author who writes a novel that is clearly non-supernatural and then in the middle of the story, when the hero is in trouble, he is bailed out by a miracle, leaving the reader with the feeling that the author has somehow cheated.

In other words, if you have already concluded that this story is not about miracle, then every report of a miracle will seem kind of offensive and no amount of evidence will change your mind. On the other hand, if your metaphysical jury is ‘out’ on the question, you may proceed with integrity because you are at the point where you are convinced that the spiritual world has a case and should be given a fair ‘hearing’. If this is not where you are at, then your demand for more evidence is ridiculous and an expectation that believers enagage in what has been called ‘throwing pearls to swine’. If that is you, then do not complain if you find your questions not taken seriously, laughed at or even satirised.

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