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Islam, Christianity and the Realms of the MiraculousA Comparative Exploration$
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Ian Richard Netton

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780748699063

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748699063.001.0001

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Miracles and Religion

Miracles and Religion

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(p.1) 1 Miracles and Religion
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Islam, Christianity and the Realms of the Miraculous
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Ian Richard Netton

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748699063.003.0001

This chapter introduces the subject of miracles in both the Islamic and Christian traditions. It begins with a selective survey of definitions from these traditions and embraces the views of both believers in such phenomena like St. Augustine of Hippo and total sceptics like David Hume, Richard Dawkins and Daniel C. Dennett. It then moves to examine what is termed the Medieval Mindset and under this heading such topics as milieu, continuity and contrasts are considered. The narratological substratum and method of the volume are delineated here, whereby themes and motifs will be identified in the succeeding chapters. Following H.Porter Abbott’s excellent paradigm it is noted that themes will be identified as abstract and motifs will be identified as concrete.

Keywords:   Hume, Augustine of Hippo, Dawkins, Dennett, Narratology, Themes, Motifs

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