Q. Are miracles a tenet of the Christian faith?

Q. Is the existence of miracles a tenet of the Christian faith?

A. Yes. Miracles belong to the very fabric of salvation history from beginning to end. To dismiss them out of hand as impossible is to deny the foundations of Christian faith. As St. Paul insisted, a Christianity without miracles such as the resurrection of Christ is no Christianity at all. It is “empty,” “false,” in “vain” (1 Corinthians 15:12–19).

Some claim that science has disproved the possibility of miracles. But consider Webster’s dictionary definition of a “miracle”: “an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.” Using this definition, let’s examine the claim.

Science attempts to construct an accurate picture of the natural world. Essential to