Response to Mumford and another definition of miracles
Stephen Mumford concludes a recent paper in Religions Studies, in which he advances a new causation-based analysis of miracles, by stating that the onus is 'on rival accounts of miracles to produce something that matches it'.1I take up Mumford's challenge, defending an intention-based definition of miracles, which I developed earlier, that he criticizes. I argue that this definition of miracles is more consistent with ordinary intuitions about miracles than Mumford's causation-based alternative. I further argue that Mumford has failed to demonstrate any advantages that his approach to miracles has over an intention-based approach. © 2003 Cambridge University Press.