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Let’s say that you’re someone that wishes to discredit the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima (1917).  If you’d like to be honest about it, you’d look at the evidence available and construct a theory that would be consistent with ALL the evidence.  Your efforts would result in one of three possible outcomes.

  1. You fail to produce a single theory consistent with ALL the evidence that discredits the miracle.
  2. You produce a possibly valid theory, but it does not actually rule out the supernatural nature of the miracle.  Both the miracle and the new theory are consistent with the evidence.
  3. You are able to prove the miracle as being of natural/human origin.

People that do not like the Miracle at Fatima are those opposed to either God or to Mary, the Blessed Virgin.  The miracle presents a terrible problem for these people.  If there really was a miracle, then they have to adopt a new view of the world which includes elements they find distasteful.  I’d like to help people through the analysis period so that they can get to the point where they have to decide which world view is built upon TRUTH.

In that vein, I offer the following hurdles to Fatima Falsification.  This is a list of theories that cannot be reasonably used to describe the events at Fatima in 1917.

  1. Postdate Prediction Theory: These theories assume that some regular/natural/rare event occurred, and then later, someone ascribed a supernatural cause for the natural event.  This theory fails to withstand the hard physical evidence – namely newspapers published prior to the largest event in October of 1917.
  2. Psychological Defect Theory: These theories assume that some kind of mental defect was present in the witnesses and caused them to see something when absolutely nothing was taking place.  These theories are falsified by witnesses that were not expecting to see a miracle, did not make the trip to Fatima, and were many miles from the site of the miracle.
  3. Singular Phenomena Theory: When attempting to give an astrological explanation to the miracle, two contradictory elements are present.  The physical layout of the land precludes a singular occurrence – as people in the Cove were block from others by tall mountains in the area.  So, multiple instances of the same phenomenon will have to occur very close to the ground (not one large one a large distance from the surface of the Earth).  Additionally, there were multiple different types of miracles present.  Namely, the ability to stare at the sun without eye damage, the drying of vast quantities of water, and the strange display of the sun.
  4. Cloud Theory: The witnesses were somehow able to look directly at the Sun.  This is possible only if the Sun is dimmed by a great deal of cloud cover.  However, cloud theories are falsified by the details seen in the miracles.
  5. Singular Sensory Theory: Any theory that assumes that a single sense was somehow corrupted by a natural phenomenon will be falsified by the multitude of sensations involved with the miracle.  People experienced the wetness through the sense of touch and the display through the sense of sight.
  6. Single Owner Theory: Some people assume that all information and evidence comes from the Catholic Church, or from some other organization.  That is completely false.  The information was not controlled by the Church or by any government entity.  It wasn’t controlled by any single printing establishment either.  There were plenty of reporters on hand to record the newsworthy event.

These are just a couple of the ones that come to the top of my mind.  I might look for some serious efforts on the part of atheists to discredit the supernatural nature of Fatima and take a look at their arguments.  If they can put a theory together that fits with all the evidence, I would certainly find that interesting.  However, I have yet to see such a thing.