Maimonides and Miracles: The Evolution of a (Dis)Belief
Jewish History 18: 147–172, 2004
26 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2015
Date Written: 2004
In his youth Moses Maimonides fully believed in the explanatory of power of science to be able to account for everything; accordingly, he rationalized the miracles reported in the Jewish tradition, offering scientific explanations for them. As he matured, though, he concurrently became aware of the limits of scientific explanation and the necessity of miracles for a robust Jewish theology. He accordingly abandoned his earlier disbelief in miracles and gave them a place in his thought.
Keywords: Maimonides, miracles, scientific explanation, Jewish philosophy
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