Gibbon didn't think much of miracles.
They made him sarcastic.
A Podcast http://ow.ly/4KNnU
Subject matter being Edward Gibbon's The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire
the two Chapters, Chapter 15
and Chapter 16
, "The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered by the people, as equally true; by the philosopher, as equally false; and by the magistrate, as equally useful."