This study will show Gardener's attitude to miracles. "God is the Great Magician", he writes, remembering a picture on his office wall that depicted "Last Supper" with Jesus having performed the cups-and-balls trick with production of three baby chicks. "And is not the miraculous production, a beautiful symbol of the creation of life?" Mr.Gardner asks.

Indeed, we do not have to look far, not even in the Bible, to find miracles, if one needs them. The whole world, the being of something rather than nothing, is a miracle in itself. The existence of free will, which cannot be explained either deterministically or in terms of quantum mechanics, is "an unfathomable mystery", but still more breathtaking is the existence of numerous free wills, those of the other people. Even this simple thing, Gardner notes, has to be believed first, as there is no logical argument to prove the ontological reality of others; but simply admitting it gives us great emotional power, relieving our inner sense of loneliness.

Similarly, it is the emotional power, the correspondence to universal human needs, not any sort of divine revelation that backs the faith in personal God, in prayer, in immortality. It is the recognition of the "wholly other" but still benevolent, still responding to prayers that can make sense out of such nonsense as evil, suffering and death. In what way this feeling of universal sense corresponds to a feeling of having solved a puzzle, as Tierney presumes? But this thing as too personal to inquire remains without an answer.

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