Thank you all for your email replies. I am working my way through them as I write. I have been asked to clarify some detail so here goes...
Reliability of Fatima Witnesses
Witnesses at Fatima in 1917 as per written records consisted of Masons, Communists, Atheists and Christians. They saw the sun, contrary to all cosmic laws, twirl in the sky, throw off colors and descend to earth.
A reasonable diversity of witnesses don’t you think. I don’t see how Masons, Communists or Atheists of the time would have 'desired to see something' extraordinary that could be attributed to Marian phenomenon
Endorsed as a miracle
Lets look at the definition of a Miracle “A highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment” Does the events described above conform to the definition? If we are to believe the testimonies of the above mentioned then probably yes.
Who estimated the attendees at Fatima?
Tacitus is considered to be one of the greatest Roman historians. Lets look at the whole sentence taken from his records where ‘superstition’ is mentioned.
“Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judea”
The “mischievous superstition” spoken about here are the teachings promoted by Jesus and his followers which later would be called Christianity.
Scholars generally consider Tacitus's reference to the execution of Jesus by Pontius Pilatus to be both authentic, and of historical value. Period.
There is no other written account as far as I know of another Jesus who openly called himself the Christ. By openly calling oneself the Christ you were almost certainly guaranteed of execution at the hands of the Jews for blasphmey. If there were other Jesus’s as one email mentions do you think they would openly go around saying they were the Christ? Most likely not unless they had a death wish.
Tacitus would have wrote about the resurrection if it happened
The Jews vehemently deny the resurrection. It is highly probable Tacitus did not hear about the resurrection. On the other hand if he did hear about it do you think a non Jesus believer of Tactius’s stature being a respected Senator and Historian would report that a man called Jesus who died of crucifixion mysteriously rose from the dead. He would be laughed at all the way to Rome. Tacitus could certainly write of the crucifixion of Jesus because this was common and understandable, that such an order was issued by a Roman magistrate..
What Doctors examined Alexandra da Costa
Alexandra da Costa was an invalid most of her life. She was hospitalised and monitored over a 40-day period whereby she received nothing only the Eucharist. She was observed by Dr. C A di Lima, Professor of the faculty of Medicine of Oporto, Dr E. A. D. de Azevedo from the same, Professor Ruj. Joao Marques, professor of medical science, Pernambuco, professor of the branch of nutrition of the school of Social Service, president of the society of Gastroenterology and nutrition, Pernambuco. Dr Gomez de Araujo of the Royal Academy of Medicine, Madrid, specialist in nervous diseases and arthritis. They monitored her weight, blood, temperature, breathing, blood pressure. There is written testimony to this. It is claimed by persons close to her she did not eat or drink but only the Eucharist for 13 years.