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Miraculous democracy in Rome

by Andrew Brown

Posted: 02 May 2014 @ 12:06

THE mathematics of miracles continues to fascinate me. In part, this is because of the part they play in the Roman Catholic canonisation process, ensuring that there is a genuinely democratic input into what might otherwise be entirely a game of politics and influence.

The baseline here is a long study of medically inexplicable cures at Lourdes, which shows both that they do happen there, and that they do not happen at a rate any higher than chance would predict. "Chance", of ...

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