More comments from Jayman:
DD, nowhere in the first quote do I argue that God exists because there are things we cannot explain. My point was the hypocrisy in demanding extraordinary evidence only for some extraordinary claims but not others.
Regarding the cause of Bernadette’s cure, you’re begging the question (you know Bernadette’s cure has natural causes because events always have natural causes). We are dealing with Bernadette’s specific case, not some general case where the cure is unknown, so you can’t just pass this case off as ordinary for it apparently is not ordinary for her impairments to be reversed.
Finally, you are incorrect in assuming that God has not shown up in my life. Don’t assume other people’s “real-world investigations” go the same as yours.
Regarding the first point, I’ll grant that Jayman was not explicitly raising the issue of whether God’s existence is proved by the occurrence of unexplained mysteries, but the topic of miracles was too good a blog subject to pass up, and I was commenting in general on the fact that using unexplained phenomena as evidence is necessarily an appeal to ignorance, since if we were’t ignorant about the true causes of these phenomena, they wouldn’t be unexplained and we wouldn’t call them miracles.
I want to correct Jayman’s misunderstanding on his second point, though. We don’t know specifically what caused Bernadette’s cure, so I am not claiming that I do know what caused her cure. I am claiming that the specific cause is unknown. It’s true that our past experience has been that unknown causes, once discovered, have universally turned out to be natural causes. And it’s also true that we have no factual basis for supporting the conclusion that any supernatural cause was involved in producing Bernadette’s healing. And it’s even true that the stories men tell about God are extremely improbable, due to blatant internal and external inconsistencies, and on that basis we can be certain, beyond a reasonable doubt, that no such deity exists to have been the source of Bernadette’s healing. But I haven’t ever said that I know what caused Bernadette’s symptoms to disappear.
On Jayman’s last point, we come to a really interesting topic. I don’t just assume that God has not shown up in Jayman’s life, I actually know He has not. Truth is consistent with itself, and this allows us to learn much more than we can by first-hand experience alone. I know God has not shown up, tangibly and in person, in Jayman’s life, just like I know that no star in Orion’s belt is our sun, even without personally flying to each star in the constellation for an up-close inspection.