Patricia Hofer

George MacDonald offers a “region” for miracles

George MacDonald wrote:“I will try, in a few words, to give the ground on which I find it possible to accept miracles. … All I want to show here is a conceivable region in which a miracle might take place without violence done to the order of things. Our power of belief depends greatly on our power of imagining a region in which such things might be. … No miracle was needful for himself [Jesus]. But he would occasionally reveal the Father to the children by the introduction of higher laws operating in the upper regions, not separated from ours by an impassable gulf—rather connected by gently ascending stairs, many of whose gradations he could blend in one descent.” (The Miracles of our Lord,”—as quoted in Discovering the Character of God by Michael R Philips 107)

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