Last rites declaration of Ioannes Paulus PP. II (Karol Wojtyla)
2nd April 2005
be, the Church is without proofs if they are right.
814. Montaigne against miracles.
Montaigne for miracles.
815. It is not possible to have a reasonable belief against miracles.
816. Unbelievers the most credulous. They believe the miracles of Vespasian,
in order not to believe those of Moses.
817. Title: How it happens that men believe so many liars, who say that they
have seen miracles, and do not believe any of those who say that they have
secrets to make men immortal, or restore youth to them.--Having considered
how it happens that so great credence is given to so many impostors, who say
they have remedies, often to the length of men putting their lives into
their hands, it has appeared to me that the true cause is that there are
true remedies. For it would not be possible that there should be so many
false remedies and that so much faith should be placed in them, if there
were none true. If there had never been any remedy for any in, and all ills
had been incurable, it is impossible that men should have imagined that they
could give remedies, and still more impossible that so many others should
have believed those who boasted of having remedies; in the same way as did a
man boast of preventing death, no one would believe him, because there is no
example of this. But as there were a number of remedies found to be true by
the very knowledge of the greatest men, the belief of men is thereby
induced; and, this being known to be possible, it has been therefore
concluded that it was. For people commonly reason thus: "A thing is
possible, therefore it is"; because the thing cannot be denied generally,
since there are particular effects which are true, the people, who cannot
distinguish which among these particular effects are true, believe them all.
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