Tag: Aquinas

The Domestication of Transcendence by William Placher

Book Review My friend Holopupenko urged me—no, implored me—to read William C. Placher’s book The Domestication of Transcendence: How Modern Thinking About God Went Wrong. It’s excellent. I want to give you a taste of it from Placher’s own summary starting on page 181. A basic lesson: theologians get...

Further on “Why the Debate” (Intelligent Design and Thomism)

The responses to my question, “Why The Debate?” on Intelligent Design and Thomist theology have been most instructive for me. Blogging is for learning, too. Holopupenko disagreed with my characterization of Intelligent Design as a reductio-like approach, asking, How do you think Meyer or Behe or Dembski would respond...

ID and Thomism: Why the Debate?

I’m only partway through my reading of the long debate on theology and ID, but some patterns seem to be falling into place already. As I read it, the Thomists in the discussion (all of whom are far better philosophers than I) object to Intelligent Design because ID is...

Intelligent Design: Good Theology or Bad?

While I was away on my blogging break, a simmering debate between Intelligent Design proponents and certain top-notch Catholic thinkers broke out into warm (I would not say heated) dispute. The Catholics’ Thomistic approach probably mirrors that of Holopupenko, a frequent commenter here who has often told us he...