25 Sep, 2008 200 Religion

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the parting of the Red Sea, the feeding of the five thousand and the general subject of miracles. Miracles have been part of human culture for thousands of years. From St Augustine in the 4th century through the medieval cult of saints to David Hume in the 18th, miracles have captured the imaginations of believers and sceptics alike. The way they have been celebrated, interpreted, dissected and refuted is a whole history of arguments between philosophy, science and religion. They have also been used by the corrupt and the powerful to gain their perverse ends. Miracles have been derided and proved to be fraudulent and yet, for many, the miraculous maintain a grip on our imagination, our language and our belief to this day.

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  • Martin Palmer 22 episodes
    Director of the International Consultancy on Religion, Education and Culture
  • Janet Soskice 4 episodes
    Reader in Philosophical Theology at Cambridge University
  • Justin Champion 11 episodes
    Professor of the History of Early Modern Ideas at Royal Holloway, University of London

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