Nasir Khan, August 27, 2015
“Is it more probable that nature should go out of her course or that a man should tell a lie? We have never seen, in our time, nature go out of her course. But we have good reason to believe that millions of lies have been told in the same time. It is therefore at least millions to one that the reporter of a miracle tells a lie. ”
― Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
The human mind has great capacity to create fantasies and incredible tales. But I have no time to speculate about the nature of miracles that are told in our old books and by our story-tellers.
That means miracles still take place but we have to see where they happen! Not an easy thing to do by any means because the dead weight of accumulated traditional baggage stands in our way. But we have some clear options.
'For a short life-sketch of Thomas Paine, see : http://www.ushistory.org/paine/