razor says to accept the simplest explanation, and resurrection from the
dead is not it."
does not demand acceptance of the simplest explanation. It is merely a guiding
principle stating a preference for such explanation.
primitives, for classic example, might see & hear a satellite phone and
think it to be a box with a little man living inside. One of us then tells
them about satellites, signals, and digital circuits opening and closing
millions of times per second. If the primitive believed Occam's razor to
be a judge of truthfulness, he'd conclude a tiny man, the simpler answer,
is the more correct one.
simplest answer is not always the correct one. It's true in science;
it's even more true in history. Is railroad track width what it is because
of a train maker's arbitrary decision, or because it traces back to the
spacing of the wheels on a Roman chariot - specifically one that was designed
to fit the width of two horses harnessed side by side? The latter, more
convoluted answer reportedly.
is it simpler to say that "X" happened rather than the resurrection? Well,
"X" must first be stated and then evaluated on its own peculiar merits.
It may or may not be simpler, but again the simpler answer is not inherently
the correct one.
in answer to a particular reader, I expect there have been religions that
formed around some compelling 'miracle' story without the need of (or perhaps
belief in) supernatural intervention. But the claim of (conservative) Christians
is not that the Bible has the most compelling story or the most spectacular
intervention claims. They believe the Bible to be a truthful account of
history, of God, and of Jesus Christ. Disprove these and conservative Christians
So-called liberal or unorthodox Christians, such as those within the Jesus
Seminar movement, call for a rewrite of the Bible to remove accounts of
miracles, divinity claims by Jesus, and the like. Conservative Christians
would argue, convincingly I think, that these people should stop labeling
themselves Christian - only confuses things.)
The Occam's razor
of non-Christian thought
Do miracles violate
the laws of nature?